Satellite: Google interested, Iridium busy

Google revealed its latest telecom passion this week--satellite telecom services. The Internet giant, along with several other companies, invested in O3b Networks, a new company that is looking to use a 16-satellite network to provide Internet service on a wholesale basis to Africa, the Middle East and parts of Latin America by 2010. The move comes as another satellite communications company, Iridium (remember Iridium?), saw increased phone shipments and network traffic in the wake of recent Gulf Coast storms. With more hurricanes on the way, Iridium may be even busier in the days to come.

For more:
- see this story about Google and O3b at The Wall Street Journal
- read this report about Iridium at Telecommunications

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