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14 Jun 05. Paradigm Services Ltd has developed a new portable satellite data communication package, TextLink, to enable deployed British soldiers to communicate directly with family and friends using the global Iridium satellite network. Paradigm developed the TextLink satellite communication system under contract with the UK Ministry of Defence to provide welfare communications for early-entry troops deployed in areas where other communication infrastructure is not available. Soldiers in the field can use the portable, lightweight TextLink terminals to send and receive e-mails, SMS short text messages, both Royal Mail and BFPO postal letters, as well as providing the very latest daily news in text format. Each TextLink package consists of one hardened flight case containing one Iridium 9505 satellite phone and two ruggedized laptop computers. As a minimum, two packages are deployed to create a wireless local-area network. One of the laptops serves as a local server and is connected to one of the Iridium 9505 satphones. The other laptops are deployed within the range of the wireless connection around the camp for troops to use. The second Iridium satphone provides backup and can be used for voice calls as needed. The system compresses and bundles emails, SMS messages and letters for transmission through the Iridium satellites at regular intervals.

Jul 05. Ericsson and Sharp have signed license agreements for the U250 and
G250, which are state-of-the art WCDMA/GPRS and GPRS platforms
respectively, from Ericsson Mobile Platforms. Mr. Yoshisuke Hasegawa, Corporate Director, Group General Manager of Communication Systems Group, Sharp Corporation says: “We have successfully launched several models on the Ericsson Mobile Platform. Our continued choice of these platforms is based on their ability to allow us to reuse our applications across platforms, the rich feature set support and stability in volume production. The exceptional feature set and performance allows us to realize Sharp’s unique products for the market.”

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