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January 29th, 2019

Network Innovations Launches Iridium Certus Services

Network Innovations (NI) has formally launched Iridium Certus to the firm's global customers.

For months, Network Innovations (NI), named one of the first Iridium Certus Service Providers, has been successfully beta- and field-testing the new Iridium Certus service. With global teams conducting vigorous testing, NI has been able to gain first-hand expertise and in-depth knowledge of the service and the hardware, while assisting Iridium in preparing for their commercial launch. NI’s prelaunch activities and expansive field-testing combine to increase NI’s value proposition for global customers who get to work with one of the most experienced and knowledgeable Iridium Certus service partners.

Since 1996, Network Innovations has been a partner for satellite operators and has been involved in testing every new L-Band satellite service. In addition to a global reach, NI’s track record of thorough beta-testing and reporting made it a clear choice for Iridium to select NI to put the new system through its paces in preparation for the launch. The lessons learned through the process of beta- and field-testing provided NI’s team a unique and complete understanding of the service’s functionality and allowed them to hit the ground running, both on the support and sales side. This resulted in early customer adoption with one of the first commercial activations globally.

As of January 17, 2019, Network Innovations has sold, delivered and activated commercial Iridium Certus units to both Land and Maritime clients and will deliver their first Aero units later this year.

Executive Comments

Eric Verheylewegen, EVP, Global Land Sales, Network Innovations, said Iridium Certus is a true game changer as it gives the firm's clients the ability to connect at high speed, on the move, globally, no matter their latitude. Combined with three simultaneous crystal-clear voice lines, Iridium Certus is the perfect solution for the company's clients who work in the most demanding environments. The upcoming increase in speed and suite of additional onboard services will increase the uniqueness of the Iridium Certus service, making it one of the most attractive tools in NI's solutions portfolio.

Bryan Hartin, EVP, Iridium, noted that Network Innovations is a long-time trusted partner of Iridium and an ideal company to help bring Iridium Certus to the market, in addition to putting it through the paces and helping ensure it was ready for commercial service introduction. This service is bringing smaller, lighter, faster and more cost-effective terminals to an L-band industry market sorely in need of a new choice for its critical communications applications.