Data Capability Viewed as Critical for Remote Mobile Telecommunications

Iridium Satellite LLC today
announced the commercial availability of its mobile satellite data services,
including dial-up connectivity and direct-Internet connections. Following the
successful launch of voice services in March, the availability of data
services solidifies Iridium’s unique position as the only provider of truly
global, truly mobile communications solutions.

“For many of our target customers, the data capability has been the
missing link in their remote communications plans.
The ability to send and
receive e-mails, data files and to conduct basic Web services, will prove
invaluable for users in the field.
For the first time, users will be able to
access the Internet and World Wide Web from any part of the globe, thanks to
Iridium’s only truly global network,” said Gino Picasso, CEO of Iridium. “We
are committed to enhancing the value of our network for Iridium customers and
data and Internet services are one more example of this effort.”

Iridium’s easy-to-use data services offer an important communications tool
for government and military users and for vertical markets such as maritime,
aviation, oil and gas, mining, construction, forestry, non-governmental
organization/relief and yachting/leisure.

To fulfill industrial market requirements, Iridium’s dial-up data
capability provides connectivity to corporate data users at 2.4 Kbps, while
Iridium’s direct-Internet data services provide an optimized connection to the
Internet at 10 Kbps, independent of the Public Switch Telephone Network

“Iridium is absolutely dedicated to continued system enhancements bringing
innovative services to these vertical markets,” said Mark Adams, Iridium’s
chief technology officer.
“Our data services, providing reliable Internet
connectivity where no data and Internet alternatives existed, terrestrial or
otherwise, is the first of several innovations.
For example, the direct
Internet service offers a Smart Connect (TM) feature that allows the user to
maintain an always-on mode, without incurring continuous airtime charges.”

Specific functionality includes:

* Speed of up to 10 Kbps;

* Ability to move ISP point-of-presence to Iridium gateway;

* “Walk-away” feature that will complete data transfers and disconnect
after an operation has been performed; and

* Reconnect “intelligence” after unplanned interruption allowing for
continuation of transfer at last completed point.

Iridium’s service provider network, which offers worldwide distribution of
Iridium’s data and voice services, currently sell data-ready Motorola handsets
along with data kit adapters for use with laptops and other computers. In
addition to anywhere, anytime access, Iridium’s data services enable customers
to avoid costly ISP expenses. Costs for Iridium’s data services are included
with voice telephony at charges that will retail for no more than $1.50 per

About Iridium Satellite LLC

Iridium Satellite LLC is the only provider of truly global mobile
satellite voice and data solutions with complete coverage of the Earth
(including oceans, airways and Polar Regions). Through a constellation of 66
low-earth orbiting (LEO) satellites operated by The Boeing Company, Iridium
delivers essential communications services to and from remote areas where no
other form of communication is available. The service is ideally suited for
industrial applications such as heavy construction, defense/military,
emergency services, maritime, mining, forestry, oil & gas and aviation.
Iridium currently provides service to the U.S. Department of Defense under a
multi-year contract.
Commercial service, sold through a network of 15 service
providers, was launched on March 30, 2001. For more information, please visit or call 866-947-4348 (in the U.S.); 480-752-5155