Iridium AxcessPoint Mail and Web Satellite Phone Data Service, Introduced by GMN

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Satellite Phone Data Service Lets Users Access Email And The Web Via Wi-Fi Using Iridium Hardware And Service From Anywhere On Earth’s Surface

Iridium AxcessPoint Mail and Web from GMN

Iridium AxcessPoint Mail and Web from GMN

Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web software enables users to get the most out of their Iridium satellite data service through email and Web-browsing services that are optimized for the Iridium network, and accessible via Wi-Fi.

Global Marine Networks (GMN), the leaders in advancing satellite data speeds and services, today announced a strategic partnership with Iridium to provide Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web. The service enables Iridium subscribers to access email and connect via Wi-Fi to the Internet for light web browsing from anywhere on Earth’s surface using their smartphones, laptop and tablet computers, the Iridium AxcessPoint Wi-Fi hotspot accessory and Iridium Extreme or Iridium 9555 handset.

“We are excited to work with Iridium to provide the world’s first fully integrated mobile satellite services data service,” said Dr. Luis Soltero, President and CTO of Global Marine Networks. “Iridium sets the standard in providing high-value and reliable data communications services, and GMN sets the benchmark in accelerating satellite email and web-browsing. By developing this solution together, we have created services that allow more people and organizations to stay in touch in new ways.”

Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web software enables users to get the most out of their Iridium satellite data service through email and Web-browsing services that are optimized for the Iridium network, and accessible via Wi-Fi. Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web services are available to users when they are connected to an Iridium handset via Wi-Fi through either the new AxcessPoint Wi-Fi device or the Iridium AxcessPoint Connect Wi-Fi application.

Iridium AxcessPoint Mail is a fast, reliable and easy-to-use satellite phone email service. Features include:

  •     Up to 15 times faster email transfer speeds through compression and custom server protocols
  •     Attachment filtering lets users preview headers to save unnecessary downloads while keeping large files safely accessible for later viewing
  •     Email fetching from compatible POP and IMAP services such as Yahoo!, Hotmail and Gmail
  •     Mid-file restart and automatic signal detection
  •     SMS notification of new emails on Iridium handsets
  •     Virus Scanning and Spam Filtering
  •     Full DES/PGP Encryption for optimum security

The service is intended for email and light web-browsing, and not recommended for high-bandwidth applications made for terrestrial networks such as video or music.

Iridium AxcessPoint Web service accelerates web browsing an average of three to five times faster than uncompressed rates through compression, page re-rendering and ad-blocking, giving users easier and more reliable access to web sites.

Iridium AxcessPoint Wi-Fi is a lightweight, portable device that connects via USB cable to current Iridium handsets to establish a Wi-Fi hotspot. Iridium AxcessPoint provides Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, with connectivity from anywhere in the world through Iridium, the only truly global network. Iridium AxcessPoint was announced together with the new Iridium Extreme handset. Iridium AxcessPoint Connect is a downloadable application that turns any Windows laptop into a global Wi-Fi hotspot when connected to an Iridium Extreme or Iridium 9555 phone, enabling compatible Wi-Fi devices to access email and the Internet with the AxcessPoint Mail & Web service.

Iridium Extreme provides customers one, in-hand solution for voice, data, GPS, SOS, tracking and SMS, enabling them to make the connections that matter, under tough conditions, from the furthest reaches of the planet. Iridium Extreme is the smallest and lightest Iridium handset model ever released. It meets stringent U.S. Department of Defense Military Standard 810F for durability and is rich in capabilities, featuring the first dedicated, two-way emergency SOS button on a satellite phone. The Iridium Extreme satellite phone is the most advanced, rugged handset on the market.

“Iridium pioneered the satellite phone industry more than 10 years ago, and with Iridium Mail & Web we’re going beyond what we once thought possible,” said Matt Desch, CEO, Iridium. “We’re enabling people traveling out of the reach of cell phone networks to stay in contact with the office or friends, or browse the Internet, through devices they carry with them every day.”

Compatibility
Iridium Mail & Web service is exclusively available while using the Iridium network through the Iridium AxcessPoint Wi-Fi device, which is compatible with the Iridium 9555 and new Iridium Extreme handsets.

Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web software is being developed for compatibility across a broad range of operating systems, including:

  •     Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP
  •     Apple Macintosh OSX
  •     Apple iOS for compatibility with the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices

Additionally, web-browsing acceleration will be available to Android users through designated proxy servers.

Pricing and Availability
Iridium Mail & Web is free to Iridium subscribers when used with the required Iridium AxcessPoint Wi-Fi device. Standard airtime charges apply for use over the Iridium network. Users will be able to download the new Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web application beginning in fall of 2011 from Iridium.com.

Iridium AxcessPoint is immediately available for pre-order from Global Marine Networks at http://www.globalmarinenet.com/iridium-axcesspoint-wifi-device.php with anticipated delivery in the fourth quarter 2011. For more information on Iridium AxcessPoint, and Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web software, visit Iridium.com.

About Global Marine Networks, LLC
Global Marine Networks (GMN), the leaders in advancing satellite data speeds and services, helps Fixed and Mobile Satellite Services providers and their customers by offering the industry’s fastest, most reliable and easy-to-use E-mail, web, and other hardware and software services to maritime, oil and gas, first responder and business continuity users. The company’s products include high-speed satellite email, weather and oceanographic data software, satellite data control routers, vessel tracking systems, and ship to shore communications solutions for users of satellite and wireless data services.

GMN has numerous awards and certifications for technical innovation and holds pending patents on its products. For more information on how GMN is Making Airtime Count™ - whether ship to shore, or in remote or emergency communications environments visit http://www.globalmarinenet.com.

About Iridium
Iridium Communications Inc. (Iridium) is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ever-expanding ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network – Iridium NEXT. Iridium is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbols IRDM (common stock) and IRDMW ($7.00 warrants). For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit http://www.iridium.com.

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