prepares to provide next-generation of wireless services. Delivery of first new is less than a year away; current phones to be compatible.

today announced that manufacturer Thales Alenia Space has begun production assembly, integration and testing of the first second-generation flight model satellites. , Thales Alenia Space and Arianespace company officials presented the latest updates at the Thales Alenia Space manufacturing facility in Cannes, France. The new , scheduled for delivery beginning in less than a year, will be used to provide next-generation of advanced mobile voice and data services.

In November of 2006 signed a contract with Thales Alenia Space for the design, manufacture and delivery of 48 second-generation . In September of 2007 signed a contract with launch provider Arianespace to launch the second-generation satellites beginning in the second half of next year. will once again use the highly reliable human-rated Soyuz launch vehicle which has been used to successfully launch 32 first-generation satellites.

The second-generation constellation has a 15-year contracted lifespan which secures the company’s space segment through at least 2025. expects the new constellation and ground network to provide faster data speeds required to support a variety of next-generation Internet-protocol (IP) based services. The network is being designed to ensure that existing handsets will work on the new constellation so that current customers will have service. The Company is evaluating next-generation commercial and consumer wireless services including push-to-talk, multicasting, duplex SMS, advanced messaging, and the ability to support mobile video applications.

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