Iridium Satellite has signed a multi-year service partner agreement with Telstra to market and sell Iridium services.
Iridium Satellite launched its global wireless communications system in April 2001 after purchasing the assets of the bankrupt Iridium LLC. The network service provides coverage in all ocean areas, air routes and land masses.
Under the terms of the deal, Telstra will purchase equipment and airtime from Iridium and resell it through its existing distribution network.
Like all service providers in Iridium's global network, Telstra will be responsible for providing the link to the customers by acquiring, provisioning and supporting their use of the service.
Quadrant Iridium chairman Michael Boyd said Telstra expects to achieve "significant gains" in Australia and throughout the region as a result of the agreement.