Kevin C. Van Pelt
Hello Satellite, Get Me Central
Communication is a constantly advancing field when you think of new technologies being implemented in business. Communication between management and subordinates is increasingly becoming more and more difficult as industries become globalized.
Mobile communication has drastically advanced in the past decade. The most recent innovation is satellite phone systems such as the Iridium, which was the topic of the article I researched. With this new technology users can make and receive calls from anywhere in the world without the hassle of having to worry about the compatibility of local phone systems.
The iridium system has cost roughly five billion dollars. The system is composed of 66 satellites in low earth orbit four hundred and twenty miles above the earth’s surface.
Currently, the technology hardware is very expensive. The actual units fit the profile of what you would expect. It is compact, lightweight, and are capable of a continuous talk time of about two hours. A single phone unit goes for about $3,000. Service costs about $1.70 a minute plus long distance charges. Pagers are also available for about $500 a piece. This may seem high for individual use, but for a billion-dollar corporation supplying subordinates with this communication device, it may be a reasonable cost.