ICO will provide global mobile communications services using a
constellation of medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites and a global ground
ICO will consist of 10
operational spacecraft with 2 in-orbit spares in a 45 degree inclination orbit.
Hughes Space and Communications will design, manufacture, and launch the ICO satellites.
The system will offer a wide
range of satellite based mobile telecommunications through handheld, specialty, and fixed
phones manufactured by Hughes, Mitsubishi, NEC, Nera, Panasonic, and Samsung. The
services will include voice, data, and fax with voicemail, messaging, three way calling
and call forwarding.
To place a call in parts of
the globe underserved by terrestrial networks, the user terminal will send a signal to a
satellite overhead. The system will then relay the signal to a satellite access node
(SAN) which sends the signal through a terrestrial network to its final destination.
It is unclear how or when ICO will commence commercial operations, which was originally
planned for the third quarter of 2000.
||Hughes Space and Communications
PO Box 92919 (S10/S323)
Los Angeles, CA 90009
|Point of Contact:
||ICO Global Communications
1 Queen Caroline Street
Hammersmith London W6 9BN
Tel: +44 (0)20 8600 1000
Fax: +44 (0)20 8600 119
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