Desch chooses Thales over Lockheed for Iridium Next

Former Telcordia CEO Matt Desch and Iridium selected French defense company Thales over Lockheed to build and deploy their next-generation satellite cluster.   The new cluster includes 81 satellites, will be fully deployed by 2017  and comes with a price tag of $2.1 billion.   They expect the service to offer upwards of 1 Mbps links.

Iridium now has 360,000 subscribers.

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