Iridium, the only network that delivers Mobile Satellite Communications all over the world. Only the Iridium Network delivers Mobile Satellite communications the world over with a truly Global Satellite Network. Only Pivotel provides Iridium services with Standard Australian mobile numbers that cost up to 10x less to call from new Zealand than Standard Satellite Numbers.
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The Iridium Network comprises of 66 satellites operating at 780km altitude and the ground gateway infrastructure. The satellites are organised into 6 orbital planes with 11 satellites per plane. This ensures that each location on the globe is covered by at least one satellite at any one time. The satellites spin around the earth at over 26,000 km/h or circle the earth every 1000 minutes and the orbital planes go over the poles.

Each satellite is connected to four other satellites in the network. The two adjacent satellites in the same place and two satellites in the planes either side. Through this cross-linking the satellites can route calls from satellite to satellite until it reaches one in view of the ground gateway. The ground gateway then connects the call to the Pivotel network.


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Please note: use of Satellite Telecommunications services and devices may be prohibited or restricted in some countries.

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