ICO and Alcatel-Lucent finalize agreement for mobile interactive media services
ICO Global Communications (Holdings) Limited (“ICO”) (NASDAQ: ICOG) today announced a contract with Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and 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.
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