Boeing wins mobile satellite support deal

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing recently clinched a multi-million-dollar contract from Mobile Satellite Ventures to provide planes to support MSV's next-generation hybrid satellite and terrestrial mobile communications services in North and South America, a report from Flight International said. 


The report said the deal was worth "well over $500 million at the low end, and under $1 billion at the high end."


The report added that the contract was Boeing's first major commercial order since the $1-billion deal it signed in 1997 to supply two similar geo-mobile GEM satellites to the United Arab Emirates' Thuraya.


MSV's hybrid wireless communications service will use satellites to provide ubiquitous coverage, augmented by terrestrial cell stations to provide the power and capacity needed in urban areas. Handsets that are the same size and cost as standard cellphones will also be used.