Mobile Satellite on the Move

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Mobile Satellite Ventures (MSV) commended the work of the United States delegation to the recently concluded 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) held in Geneva, Switzerland:

“MSV commends United States Ambassador Richard Russell and the U.S. delegation to the 2007 WRC for the successful outcome of the WRC. By calling attention to the suitability of key commercial MSS spectrum bands for integrated systems – including the 1.5/1.6 GHz L-Band — the ITU has expanded opportunities for global implementation of this valuable service,” said CEO Alexander Good.

MSV is developing a new hybrid satellite-terrestrial communications network, based on MSV’s patented ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) technology (pdf), which are terrestrial repeaters, not unlike those used by Sirius Satellite radio (except two-way).

The company expects that its next-generation network will provide seamless, transparent and ubiquitous wireless coverage of the United States and Canada to conventional handsets. MSV is majority owned and controlled by SkyTerra Communications.

Competitor ICO also shares MSS frequencies at 2.0 GHz with TerreStar. The previously unavailable 2GHz MSS band allows satellite operators to provide mobile voice and data with terrestrial repeaters.

TerreStar-1 plans a launch December 2008 – February 2009.

Boardchairman of ICO, Craig McCaw, would like to use ICO’s MSS frequencies to carry mobile television as an adjunct to Clearwire’s Mobile WiMAX.

ICO plans to integrate its Mobile Interactive Media (MIM) suite of services with Clearwire’s broadband network. “Our next generation wireless personal broadband networks are built to deliver data, voice and video over a single network,” said Scott Richardson, chief strategy officer for Clearwire.

ICO’s first GEO satellite is scheduled to be launched in early 2008 with MSV’s hybrid service starting in 2009.

Business Week reports that representatives of TerreStar, Frontline, and Mobile Satellite Ventures have all met with FCC officials in recent weeks with an eye to either participating in the 700mhz auction or joining forces with a winner. Any one could become a wireless wholesaler that leases its network to mobile-phone service providers, technology companies or government agencies.

In other satellite news, the Sweden’s SIRIUS 4 communications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin for SES SIRIUS, an SES company, was successfully launched today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Not to be confused with Sirius Satellite radio, the spacecraft will be located at orbital location 5 degrees East and is expected to provide provide distribution of direct-to-home broadcast and interactive services across Scandinavia, Europe and Africa.

SIRIUS 4 features 46 active Ku-band high-power transponders in the BSS and FSS frequency band. In addition, it is equipped with an active Ka-band transponder for interactive applications in the Nordic and Baltic regions, as well as a sub-Sahara African beam to complement existing coverage of Africa, using six additional active Ku-band FSS transponders.

Meanwhile, the Odyssey Launch Platform and the Sea Launch Commander are preparing for the launch of the Thuraya-3 satellite (below). Liftoff is scheduled for November 13.

Related Dailywireless stories include; TerreStar: I-HSPA for Satphones, ICO Wants Its Mobile TV – via DVB-SH, TerreStar to FCC: Almost Done, Sprint Beams Up with MSV, Clearwire & SatTV Do a Deal, Globalstar in Trouble?, TerreStar Gets a Slot, Satellite Repeaters – Grounded In Reality?, Intelsat Sold, Intelsat In Play, Spotbeams & WiMAX Unwire Vietnam, Hughes Launches Switchboard in the Sky, Hughes: Local HD Satellite Troubles, Live Iridium Video from Arctic, China Orbiting Moon, Top Teleport Operators, Loral Buys Telesat Canada, The Free Triple Play, UK: Free For All, BSkyB: Free Broadband, Murdoch to Offer Free Broadband? and Satellite/WiMax Triple Play?.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Monday, November 19th, 2007 at 1:28 pm .

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