With the first satellite call ever made between integrated satellite-terrestrial smartphones, TerreStar completes an FCC licensing milestone for the world's largest, most-advanced commercial communications satellite.
Almost three weeks after
launching the world's largest
to deliver 3G voice, data and
video communications, TerreStar said July 20 it had completed the first
successful end-to-end phone call over TerreStar-1. The
call was completed between two of TerreStar's quad-band GSM and tri-band
WCDMA/HSPA smartphones with integrated satellite-terrestrial voice and data
"This call shows how
TerreStar is delivering a new standard in mobile broadband network services and
devices that leverage our integrated satellite and terrestrial communications
components to enable true ubiquity and reliability-anywhere in the United
States and Canada," Jeffrey Epstein, president of TerreStar, said in a
The call completes the
final FCC (Federal Communications Commission) certification for satellite-based
calls. TerreStar Networks has also notified Industry Canada of its compliance
with its final milestone.
"We have now
certified that our network is operational and that TerreStar-1, our handset and
our core network are all performing well," said TerreStar CTO Dennis
Matheson. "While the call was completed quickly, it represents years
of hard work and innovation."
million, 15,000-pound TerriStar-1 is equipped with an 59-foot deployable
employs an S-Band feed array capable of 500 beams covering all of the
United States and Canada, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S.
Orbiting 22,000 miles above North America, TerreStar plans to offer
mobile services through a
network of partners and service providers.
TerreStar has already negotiated a roaming agreement with AT&T.
also plans to offer new and existing commercial chipset technologies to provide
satellite communication capabilities via small, handheld devices. The first
device planned is a Windows mobile satellite phone capable of receiving 3G
speeds on AT&T networks and the TerreStar network.
Using licensed 2GHz spectrum, TerreStar and AT&T plan to initially
target government, emergency responders rural communities and
users. TerreStar says its first service should roll out by the end of