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Hughes to supply ANC for Iridium NEXT Program

Iridium : 09 February, 2010  (Company News)
The Access Network Controller for Iridium’s new satellite program will be supplied by Hughes Network Systems for the ground radio control network
Iridium Communications has selected Hughes Network Systems to develop an Access Network Controller (ANC) in its gateway ground radio control network. The ANC is part of a multi-year plan for Iridium to upgrade and evolve its gateway network in preparation for Iridium’s next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT. Under the development contract, Hughes will design and supply a fully tested, turnkey ANC system, which will be integrated with Iridium’s existing system, together with training and maintenance. Iridium expects the ANC to be complete and operational by the fourth quarter of 2011.

“The new ANC will be a pivotal component of Iridium’s global satellite network, processing all voice and data calls based on the Iridium air interface,” said Matthew Mohebbi, vice president and general manager of mobile satellite, Hughes. “Hughes is using state-of-the-art Advanced Telecommunication Architecture (ATCA) platforms to design an ANC with significantly increased bandwidth and signal-accessing capabilities to expand Iridium’s network capacity, and support the additional features and services planned for Iridium NEXT.”

“The ANC project with Hughes is a significant step forward for Iridium’s gateway ground network,” said John Roddy, executive vice president of ground operations and product development, Iridium. “Initially, it will support all of our current telephony services, more than double the capacity of the existing Iridium system, and create a flexible gateway network with the ability to cost-effectively add earth terminal sites. In the long term, the ANC positions us to offer Iridium NEXT services and provide for added capacity and service demands in a cost-effective manner with enhanced reliability and an improved user interface.”
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