Teledesic is a global
"Internet-in-the-Sky" that will provide broadband and Internet access,
videoconferencing, high-quality voice and other digital data services through a
constellation of 288 satellites.
The Teledesic Network consists
of terminals that interface between the satellite network and the terrestrial end-users,
network gateways and network operations and control systems that perform network
management functions, and a space segment that provides the communication links and
switching among terminals.
network uses fast-packet switching to provide seamless, global coverage. Each satellite is
a node in the fast-packet-switch network and communicates through crosslinks to other
satellites in the same and adjacent orbital planes. Communications are treated
within the network as streams of short, fixed-length packets. Each packet carries
the network address of the destination terminal, and each node independently selects the
least-delay route to that destination.
The Teledesic Network plans to
initiate operations in 2003.
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