Telecommunications provider, Pivotel, has partnered with US-based Iridium Communications to launch its next-generation low-Earth orbit satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT, in Australia.
The deal is set to bring metropolitan mobile data capabilities to regional Australia by mid-2018.
This will be made possible through Iridium Certus broadband, which has been powered by a $3 billion investment from Iridium Communications to replace the existing constellation of satellites with more powerful capabilities.
The first ones to have access to the services will be regional emergency services, the companies said.
Through Iridium NEXT, Iridium Certus said it will "eventually" be able to offer users data speeds of up to 1.4Mbps while on the move, using lightweight, small form factor antennas that can be mounted virtually.
“We are excited by the new opportunities Iridium Certus will bring to the telecommunications industry, particularly for enterprises, governments and individuals operating in rural and remote areas," Pivotel CEO, Peter Bolger, said.
"The productivity and safety benefits that will flow from Iridium Certus will help secure the future of many regional businesses.
“As a licensed service provider focused on remote communications and mobile satellite, we will play a pivotal role in bringing Iridium Certus to our direct customers in Australia, New Zealand and North America, and via our wholesale partners to customers around the world, delivering the secure and reliable service that is so important to the digital economy,” Bolger added.
The companies also said they are focused on providing the "highest performing, competitively priced solution to our customers".
Pivotel said it is the only Australian service provider offering Iridium’s next-generation solutions using standard 04 Australian mobile numbers and in accordance with regulatory requirements, ensuring rigorous levels of security for all customers.
Iridium Communications has successfully launched four Iridium NEXT satellites to date, with four additional launches planned for 2018, according to the company.
Like Iridium’s pre-existing satellite constellation, the Iridium NEXT offering sees the deployment of a cross-linked low-Earth orbit (LEO) architecture, aimed at providing coverage over 100 per cent of the earth’s surface.
As well as GMN’s product portfolio, the acquisition involved its team of developers including the GMN RedPort brand of satellite Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), data routers and services.