RESTON, Va. & PARIS, Jul 02, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ICO Global Communications (Holdings) Limited ("ICO") (NASDAQ: ICOG) today announced a contract with Alcatel-Lucent (Paris:ALU) (NYSE: ALU) to provide end-to-end network integration services as well as equipment, engineering and implementation services for ICO's alpha trial of Mobile Interactive Media ("MIM") services next year. The offering will be provided over ICO's integrated satellite and terrestrial network. This alpha trial will be the first deployment worldwide of a hybrid satellite and terrestrial solution using the new DVB-SH mobile broadcasting standard.
ICO MIM will provide full-duplex, IP data communication services using GMR air interface technology, a full suite of interactive mobile video products utilizing DVB-SH, and interactive navigation, all via an integrated satellite and terrestrial terminal and antenna system.
Tim Bryan, ICO's CEO, commented, "Today, ICO is expanding its relationship with Alcatel-Lucent. We have confidence in their ability based on both their leadership in DVB-SH development and their extensive experience in systems design and deployment."
"We are excited about the opportunity to support ICO in the groundbreaking use of DVB-SH in the United States," said John Meyer, President for Alcatel-Lucent's services activities. "To support this highly complex project, we have pulled together talents, leveraging our extensive multivendor network integration experience, our leadership position in DVB-SH, and the expertise of Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs."
As the end-to-end network integrator in the agreement with ICO, Alcatel-Lucent will develop the system architecture and network design, and provide end-to-end multivendor network integration of the alpha trial system. This unique DVB-SH solution is supported by an ecosystem of partners including major chipset vendors and terminal manufacturers and is part of Alcatel-Lucent's Unlimited Mobile TV solution.
ICO Global Communications (Holdings) Limited (www.ico.com) is a next-generation satellite communications company based in Reston, Virginia. ICO is developing an advanced hybrid system, combining both satellite and terrestrial communications capabilities, in order to offer wireless voice, data, video, and Internet services on mobile and portable devices.
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved adjusted proforma revenues of Euro 18.3 billion in 2006 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. (All figures exclude impact of activities transferred to Thales). For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: www.alcatel-lucent.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, including statements regarding the technologies Alcatel Lucent will develop for ICO, the successful integration of these technologies, the deployment of ICO's satellite, ICO's terrestrial network and ancillary terrestrial component, the timing of any alpha trial, and the services included in ICO's MIM offering. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expected results. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from our expectations include technical challenges in deploying our satellite and terrestrial network, and the systems necessary for our alpha trial and MIM offering. More information about these types of factors is contained in ICO's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and its other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak as of the date hereof, and ICO undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.
SOURCE: ICO Global Communications (Holdings) Limited
ICO Debbie Macomber, 703-964-1400 Debbie.firstname.lastname@example.org or Alcatel Lucent Mary Ward, 908-582-7658 email@example.com
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