SATCOM making phone for Inmarsat

EMS SATCOM lands a $26-million deal to design a dual-mode satellite and GSM mobile phone for UK-based Inmarsat Global Ltd. The handset will operate on land and at sea, and will have military and perhaps even aeronautical applications, says SATCOM, the Ottawa-based division of satellite services company EMS Technologies Inc. With help from sub-contractors, local engineers will team with EMS staff from U.K. and Australia to design the phone. The deal was made possible by EMS’s recent acquisition of Adelaide, Australia-based DSpace, which supplies satellite radio technology used in Inmarsat’s BGAN mobile broadband service.

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