Icom has announced the forthcoming launch of a Satellite two way radio in partnership with the worldwide pioneer of Satellite phones, Iridium.
In a press release on their website, Icom announced that the new satellite two way radio would be launching in Q2, 2019.
Icom Inc. has provided further details about the upcoming release of the IC-SAT100, Satellite PTT radio. This will begin with the introduction of this new model to the Japanese market in the second quarter of 2019.
The IC-SAT100 is Icom’s first Satellite PTT handheld radio that uses the Iridium satellite communication network. Unlike satellite phones, the IC-SAT100 will provide radio service to users with a push of the transmit (PTT) button. It can be used as a communication tool in remote, isolated areas where there are no mobile phones or landline network infrastructure, such as mountainous areas, remote islands and desert areas. Even if terrestrial network infrastructure is rendered unusable by human or natural disasters, satellite communication can provide a stable backup.
The IC-SAT100 uses the Iridium satellite network which covers the whole earth including both poles and can provide wide area global communication anywhere on the planet. Using 66 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, it provides low-latency communication and broader, more reliable network coverage compared to Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit (GEO) satellites. The IC-SAT100 will be a suitable communication tool for governments, military forces, humanitarian organisations, multinational companies, and users that need communication in remote, isolated areas or for emergency assistance.
The statement goes on to say that Icom Inc. and Iridium will be displaying the IC-SAT100 on stand #1949 at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas between March 4th and 8th, 2019.
There is also a downloadable document in PDF format which can be downloaded here.