At its quarterly Council meeting this month, Inmarsat, the International Maritime Satellite Organisation, will discuss the feasibility of its plan for a global mobile communications network to rival Motorola Inc’s Iridium. The move is a result of recommendations from around 22 of its signatories – representing about 90% of the project investment – who demanded a focus on the critical and concrete steps to be taken, the satellite operator said. Results from various feasibility studies are now in, and one plan that will presumably be discussed is the offer by Iridium to lease capacity to its would-be rival at preferential rates. Inmarsat was, however, keen to stress that this is only one of a number of options and that as yet no decision has been taken one way or the other.
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