Tuesday, 19 February 2019 06:27

Beam gets sixth order for portable voice and data satellite devices

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The Iridium GO! device. The Iridium GO! device. Courtesy Beam Communications

ASX-listed Beam Communications says it has received a new order for 5000 of its portable voice and data satellite devices, known as Iridium GO! units, from mobile satellite services firm Iridium Communications.

In a statement, Beam, which specialises in design, development, manufacture and distribution of satellite, cellular and dual-mode equipment, applications and services, said this took the total number of Iridium GO! devices ordered by Iridium Communications to 40,000 over the last five years.

It said more orders were expected in the wake of the US$3 billion upgrade of the Iridium satellite network and this meant that it would return to profitability in the 2018-19 financial year.

“We are very pleased with the strong demand for Iridium GO! and look forward to its continued popularity, particularly after the recent completion of our US$3 billion satellite constellation upgrade campaign, known as Iridium NEXT,” said Bryan Hartin, executive vice-president, sales and marketing at Iridium.

“Completion of Iridium NEXT has assured our customers that the reliable and critical lifelines that Iridium provides will continue uninterrupted, as we remain the only communications company of any type with real-time, truly global coverage.”

Beam said it expected to deliver the Iridium GO! units the end of the first half of the 2020 financial year.

The company said it was on track to meet the delivery schedule of the previous order from Iridium announced in July 2018. This was expected to be completed by the end of the 2019 financial year.

Beam shipped 2500 Iridium GO! devices last month and said it would ship the remaining 2500 units in May.

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