Feeds

Teledesic confirms Motorola support

Fears over Iridium-style mistakes calmed, apparently

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Motorola has been selected by Teledesic, the $9 billion satellite-based global data network developer, as its prime hardware supplier. Motorola remains a major stakeholder -- and debt guarantor -- of the troubled Iridium satellite-based cellphone network. That company's recent rough times had persuaded some pundits that Motorola might want to distance itself from similar projects. That said, the company does appear to have had some concerns about Teledesic, an operation backed in part by Bill Gates. Motorola's appointment as prime contractor follows its suspension of work on the project to hammer out technical differences, and it has raised concerns that the project will cost rather more than the $9 billion Teledesic is predicting. Indeed, the prime contractor deal will not become final until the two companies have completed a joint report into new cost projections and technical issues. Motorola has already pledged $750 million, in exchange for a 26 per cent stake in Teledesic, though that stake has since shrunk thanks to the arrival of other investors. Motorola clearly wants Teledesic to get it right and not make the same mistakes as Iridium -- primarily over the final cost of the project and its technology, both of which ultimately resulted in the service's poor subscriber figures. ® See also Iridium fires 80 staff Iridium to cut call charges Iridium granted 30-day reprieve

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM
In the immortal words of Shaggy, it wasn't me us ... amirite?
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.