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|September 11, 1998||
Motorola India joins Teledesic development effortsMotorola India Electronics, the wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Inc, is to enter into an alliance with Teledesic, which is in the process of building a global broadband 'Internet-in-the-sky' infrastructure using a constellation of low-Earth orbit satellites.
Motorola India would be involved in the project development and deployment for this $9 billion network.
Motorola would be the prime contractor for the global technology team that would head the engineering and construction activities in which the software content has been valued at $3 billion.
Motorola India Electronics is likely to bag a major chunk of this development contract and would be in liaison with worldwide Motorola development centres.
The decision to award development work of Motorola India Electronics has come through owing to the high levels of quality being maintained at the centre, an industry analyst said.
Motorola India Electronics is among the few development centres globally that has achieved level 5 of the capability maturity model of the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.
The Teledesic network would comprise 288 operational satellites, divided into 12 planes each with 24 satellites. To make efficient use of radio spectrum, frequencies are allocated dynamically and reused many times within each satellite footprint.
The Teledesic network can support over 500 megabits per second of data to and from user terminals within a 100-km radius.
The Teledesic network supports bandwidth on demand, allowing a user to request and release capacity as needed. This enables users to pay only for the capacity they actually use and for the network to support a much higher number of users.
This worldwide network is expected to revolutionise data transfer technology and will extend the existing terrestrial, fibre based infrastructure to provide advanced information services anywhere on the globe.
The Teledesic project does not intend to market services directly but will enable service providers in countries worldwide to extend their network, both in terms of geographic scope and in the kind of services they can offer.
Motorola India Electronics posted a net profit of Rs 45.9 million on sales of Rs 396.3 million for the year ended March 31, 1998, an increase of 20 per cent over the previous year.
- Compiled from the Indian media
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