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News summary for 7/03/07

Tue, 07/03/2007 - 8:48am

Google acquires GrandCentral’s online voice platform
By Traci Patterson

Google Inc. has acquired Fremont, Calif.-based GrandCentral Communications, the provider of a Web-based platform that manages a user’s voice communications with a single interface. Terms of the deal - announced on Google’s official blog - were not disclosed.

GrandCentral’s service allows users to integrate all of their existing phone numbers and voice mailboxes into one online phone account.

Google will continue to beta test the GrandCentral service and support the company’s existing customers, GrandCentral’s Web site said. But as the technology is being transferred, a limited number of invitations will be available.

Iridium begins process of replacing its satellite fleet
By Brian Santo

With an aging set of satellites that will have to be replaced in 10 years or so, Iridium Satellite has released a request for information (RFI) to potential partners interested in participating in the design, development and deployment of a new constellation of satellites the company is calling “Iridium Next.”

The company’s current network provides a mobile satellite communications service that covers the entire earth, supplying voice and data communications. With the RFI, Iridium is taking its first action on its previously-announced plan to design, develop, construct, deploy and operate its next-generation system.

Iridium wants its Next network to also extend its current capabilities with high-bandwidth data transmission, enhanced voice, and short messaging services for commercial and government users.

Joe Pizzicaroli, Iridium’s vice president and chief satellite operations officer, said, “We are nearing completion of our initial technical analysis and are ready to engage the aerospace industry to help Iridium design, build, launch and operate the new constellation.”

The RFI process will lead to supplier partner selections in 2008 and 2009, the company said.

Vyyo appoints new CTO
By CED staff

Vyyo Inc. has named David Feldman as CTO. He will oversee the continued development of the UltraBand spectrum overlay solution.

Feldman most recently served as a principal member of the technical staff at Advanced Micro Devices Inc. He was also the VP of technology for Charter Communications and Jones Intercable (now part of Comcast Corp.).

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