TerreStar Selects Alcatel-Lucent to Develop Wireless Network

Terrestar has selected Alcatel-Lucent to develop its “IMS-over-satellite” network integrated with terrestrial communications. TerreStar said it expects its network to be the “first of its kind” using the IP Multimedia System (IMS).

Dennis Matheson, chief technology officer at TerreStar, said, “This type of innovative solution helps ensure that we can rapidly deliver the on-demand services over a mobile, ubiquitous next-generation satellite and land network that commercial service providers and enterprises need.”

Cindy Christy, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s North American Business, added, “We are excited to work with TerreStar in helping transform communications in North America. Alcatel-Lucent’s leadership and experience in IMS-based services, innovation and operational capabilities can help TerreStar move swiftly along its path to deploy the first integrated satellite and land mobile broadband network and to bring ubiquitous mobile IP applications and services to North America.”

A portion of the TerreStar network will use 2 GHz frequencies being reallocated from the broadcast auxiliary service. Vermont Lt. Governor Brian Dubie said the state had reached a research and development agreement with TerreStar to establish a pilot project for the TerreStar fourth generation IMS.

“Pilot projects that test new and emerging technologies, like this one with TerreStar, are crucial to overcoming the challenges Vermont has encountered to bringing wireless and broadband service to all Vermonters,” Dubie said. “We’re grateful that TerreStar has chosen to conduct this important project in Vermont, and is making an investment to explore the feasibility of deploying their unique telecommunications network here.”

As covered last week in RF Report, Alcatel-Lucent is also working with ICO Communications in developing their 2 GHz combined satellite/terrestrial network.

Doug Lung

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.