Rejecting Inmarsat claim, Iridium says it expects maritime-distress certification this year

by Peter B. de Selding

WASHINGTON — Mobile satellite services provider Iridium Communications on March 12 rejected rival Inmarsat’s allegations that international regulators had rejected Iridium’s application to be certified to provide maritime-distress communications services.

Iridium said it is on track to receive approval as a provider of Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) services by the end of the year, with a key May meeting of the International Maritime Organization, IMO, likely to give its approval in May.

Iridium was responding to a statement by Inmarsat . . .

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