Iridium Direct Internet Upgrade - Effective 1 October 2016
Iridium Direct Internet will be undergoing an upgrade effective on October 1st, 2016. The new version of the product will require users to change the PC or Mac Direct Internet software they use. The new software package and accompanying installation and user guides will be made available on Iridium.com by August 31st, 2016.
Iridium 9523 New Product Announcement and End Of Life of Legacy Iridium 9523
This is a reminder that Iridium has announced the new version of the Iridium 9523 L-Band transceiver. This is a significant revision that takes advantage of a more sophisticated and integrated RF architecture.
The new Iridium 9523(N) L-Band transceiver has been designed to be a direct drop-in replacement for the current
9523 and thus not require partners to change or redesign any physical, electrical or logical interfaces in the
The radio in the new Iridium 9523(N) L-Band transceiver has been updated and thus requires new FCC and IC identifications which are listed below. Iridium partners can begin to expect new Iridium 9523(N) L-Band
Transceivers in October of 2016 following exhaustion of inventory of the current product.
Legacy Product Series Description
Iridium Core 9523
Series PN: IRID0125X
New Product Series Description
Iridium Core 9523N
Series PN: IRIDN0125X
FCC ID: Q639523N
IC ID: 4629A-9523N
Last Time Buy date extended to 5.20.2016
The Last Day for delivery will remain December 1st 2016.
Iridium satellite phone time settings should be modified after March 3, 2015 in order to display the correct date and time.
Iridium GO! devices will handle the time change automatically and do not require reprogramming.
Iridium 9555 and Iridium Extreme® customers can restore the correct time settings by following these steps:
Iridium 9500, 9505 and 9505A customers will need to set the updated time and date from their phone menu.
The extended phone set‐up menu must be set to “On” (see page 137 of Iridium 9505A user guide, page 149 of
the Iridium 9500 user guide, or page 139 of the Iridium 9505 user guide), then follow these instructions to set
time and date:
New Product Announcement
Iridium is announcing a new version of the Iridium 9602 SBD transceiver. The purpose of this document is to notify you and provide a timeline for the transition from the current version to the new version. This is a significant revision that takes advantage of a more sophisticated and integrated RF and digital architecture that will be used for new products developed to support new services on the Iridium NEXT constellation.
The new Iridium 9602 (N) SBD transceiver has been designed to be a direct drop-in replacement for the current 9602. However, as the radio has been improved, the new Iridium 9602 (N) SBD transceiver requires new FCC and IC identifications which are listed below. Iridium expects to begin shipping new Iridium 9602 (N) SBD transceivers during March 2015 following exhaustion of inventory of the current product.
New Product Series Description
Iridium 9602 Short Burst Data Module
Series PN: SBDN9602
FCC ID: Q639603N
Last Time Buy Timeline for the Original 9602
As some partners may need additional time to transition due to re-certification and the associated timelines, Iridium is providing a “Last Time Buy” option. The last date Iridium will accept orders for the original Iridium 9602 devices and the last date orders may be scheduled for shipment of legacy Iridium 9602 are listed in the table below. Last Time Buy orders are non-cancellable.
END OF LIFE FOR INMARSAT B AND INMARSAT M ON 30DECEMBER2014
On 30 December 2014, Inmarsat will cease all services provided by Inmarsat B, including all GMDSS distress functionality from the terminal. We have agreed this cessation date with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
When Inmarsat B is retired, the service will have been in existence for over 20 years. Inmarsat made this decision based on information from channel partners and market assessments; in summary, this decision is principally driven by considerations around:
Over the coming years, Inmarsat will continue to transition Inmarsat B customers to the FleetBroadband platform where the introduction of GMDSS functionality is a priority.
Inmarsat M – Maritime: As communicated previously, Inmarsat M will also be retired on 30 December 2014.
ISAT M2M SERVICE CONTINUATION
Inmarsat advises that it will continue to support its ISATM2M service at least until December 2018. This provides long-term stability and guarantees that critical IsatM2M services, currently provided via the Inmarsat-3 constellation, can become available to all ISAT M2M customers until at least 2018 by allowing for IsatM2M services to be provided on the I4 satellites should the need arise. A transition from the current I3 satellites to the I4 satellites would be done by making changes to the network itself, and should not require any physical changes to existing terminals in the field.
GSA-COMPLIANT VERSION OF IRIDIUM 9555 AND 9575 SATELLITE PHONES
In support of U.S. Government customers, Iridium and GIT Satellite are making GSA-Compliant versions of the Iridium 9555 and Iridium Extreme 9575 satellite phone kits available for purchase. These phones carry a “Made in Singapore” designation in compliance with the Trade Agreements Act based on approved countries from Federal Acquisition Regulation 52.225-5. Iridium has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Customs to ensure that Iridium’s designation is in compliance with these regulations.
The new Iridium products and production points are:
Celestica Aerospace Technologies Corporation
33 #03-04 Marsiling Ind., Est Road 3
Woodlands Avenue 5
These versions will be made specifically available to partners who sell Iridium products on the GSA contract. Standard pricing will apply and volume-based discounts do not apply for purchases of these part numbers.
In order to enable partners to add these products to the schedule price list, Iridium will provide an amended Letter of Supply for FCS Group 70.
The Singapore-Made 9555 Satellite Phone Kit is now in-stock and available for purchase. The Singapore-Made Extreme 9575 Satellite Phone Kit will be available in early May and it will be communicated once inventory is in-stock for purchase.