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October 26, 2011

Iridium Announces a Complete Suite of Iridium AxcessPoint Products and Services

Iridium (News - Alert) Communications has made available a complete suite of Iridium AxcessPoint products and services, the company has announced.

When connected to an Iridium Extreme or Iridium 9555 satellite phone,  Iridium AxcessPoint Connect is a downloadable application that turns any Windows laptop into a global Wi-Fi hotspot. Over the Iridium network, Iridium AxcessPoint Connect enables Wi-Fi-compatible devices to synchronize and respond to email, or use the Internet.

Using an Iridium Extreme or Iridium 9555 satellite phone, Iridium AxcessPoint is a portable and lightweight Wi-Fi hotspot accessory that connects smartphones or laptops to Iridium, the company stated in a press release.

“This innovative suite of Iridium AxcessPoint products and services enables smartphones and laptops to work anywhere in the world, easily and efficiently over the Iridium network," said Joel Thompson, vice president of product management at Iridium. "These new products, which are a first for the industry, are the epitome of our recently-unveiled Iridium Force vision. This is a terrific example of Iridium's commitment to enhance personal communications. We are making the world's furthest reaching network more accessible and cost-effective.”

With the Iridium AxcessPoint Wi-Fi accessory, Iridium also is offering, at no additional charge, its Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web software for use. By optimizing them for use over the company's global network, Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web enables email and Internet services.

It maximizes the user's time on the Iridium network by managing the data connection and by improving the effective speeds. Apart from allowing configuration and filtering of large data files and attachments, the software allows for offline viewing and composition of emails, the company has stated in a press release.

In January 2011, the company signed collaboration agreements with five new value-added partners in order to market its data solutions for the mobile machine-to-machine (M2M) sector.

Along with the partnership agreements, the company also forged its first-ever consumer Iridium short-burst data (SBD) relationship, which is supposed to open up numerous customer opportunities. The company explained that collaboration with well-established, world-class partners will spearhead its growth, and solidify its market leadership.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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