FCC grants Iridium more spectrum access

BETHESDA, Md. – The Federal Communications Commission has expanded Iridium Satellite LLC’s spectrum with access to an additional 3.1 MHz, to meet an increasing demand for satellite voice and data services, Iridium said in a release this morning.

The FCC had previously given the communications company temporary authority to operate in a segment of the band on an emergency basis, and today’s FCC action formalizes this arrangement, Iridium said.

“The FCC’s willingness to expand the spectrum available to Iridium recognizes that our rapid and sustained growth has clearly outgrown our original spectrum allocation,” Iridium CEO Carmen Lloyd said. “We welcome today’s ruling and are pleased that the FCC recognizes the important growth in Iridium’s business and its need for additional spectrum to fulfill its customers’ needs.”

Iridium said the FCC also issued a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) to examine the feasibility of granting Iridium access to a further 2.25 MHz of spectrum.

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