New Target Date for Second Iridium® NEXT Launch

MCLEAN, Va., May 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Iridium Communications (NASDAQ:IRDM) today announced the second launch for the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation has been moved earlier, and is now targeted for June 25, 2017 at 1:24:59 PDT with an instantaneous launch window.  SpaceX informed Iridium that range availability had opened up at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California, where SpaceX’s west coast launch facility is located, and planned to target Iridium’s launch four days earlier than originally scheduled. This launch will deliver the second payload of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites to orbit, bringing the total to 20 Iridium NEXT satellites in space.

“We’re excited for this next launch,” said Matt Desch, chief executive officer, Iridium. “Satellites have already started to arrive at the launch site and are undergoing pre-launch preparations, so we’ll be ready to go.  An earlier launch date is all the better for our constellation deployment plans.”    

Iridium has partnered with SpaceX for a series of eight launches scheduled to take place through mid-2018, delivering a total of 75 satellites to low-Earth orbit. Iridium NEXT is replacing the Company’s existing constellation of satellites with more powerful capabilities, including Aireon’s space-based global real-time aircraft surveillance and tracking service.

For more information and up-to-date information about Iridium NEXT, please visit .

About Iridium Communications Inc.
Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network — Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM. For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit

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Urban Airship Soars Past One Trillion Notifications Delivered

PORTLAND, Ore., May 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Digital growth company Urban Airship today delivered its one trillionth push notification for customers’ mobile apps, signaling a dramatic acceleration in customer adoption and usage of its flagship Urban Airship Engage solution. It was only on June 23, 2016, when the company delivered its 500 billionth push notification—the culmination of its seven-year history. Since then, Urban Airship set a daily record of 2.5B notifications on Election Day (Nov. 8, 2016), and now hits or surpasses that total often as 2B notifications has become the new daily average.

To add industry context to this milestone, Urban Airship’s data scientists analyzed iOS customer data from Q1 2015-2017 to offer new insights into key mobile app engagement trends:

  • Opt-in rates edge up: The percent of app users opting in to push notifications has increased every year since 2015, growing from an average 40.4 percent to 43.6 percent in 2017
  • Engagement is climbing: more and more people are responding to notifications with average notification engagement rates growing from 7.4 percent in 2015 to 9.6 percent in 2017
  • Message delivery is getting more precise: the average number of notifications received per user per app has decreased every year: from 15.7 in Q1 2015 to 11.3 in Q1 2017

These are all signs that brands are getting smarter and more personalized in their notification strategies. It’s also important to note that the year-over-year averages above don’t reflect differences among app industry verticals and other times of the year[1], the growth in app audience sizes[2] or the fact that power users are more likely to receive more notifications[3] tailored to their behaviors[4].

Urban Airship has also experienced tremendous customer growth, now counting more than 45,000 apps across thousands of businesses that rely on Engage’s scalability, reliability and real-time automation to communicate with users.

Forrester Research recently recognized Urban Airship’s scale saying, “… Urban Airship sends more push notifications per month than about 10 of the smaller vendors combined” (Forrester Research Inc., “How To Choose A Mobile Messaging Vendor,” April 10, 2017). Note: copies available for a limited time.

Notifications Are Poised for Rich Growth
Urban Airship’s one trillion milestone only includes notifications sent to app users’ lockscreens. The company also sends in-app notifications, message center messages and notifications to website visitors, mobile wallet passholders and customers in other digital marketing channels like email or SMS. In addition, more than a dozen publishers now use Engage to create and deliver notifications to Apple News users that have opted in to their channel.

“The notification paradigm has now spread beyond smartphones and smartwatches, to the browser, the car, the home, chatbots and all the ‘things’ around us, and Urban Airship can power it all,” said Brett Caine, CEO and president, Urban Airship. “This glanceable, rich and interactive messaging format is rapidly expanding as a direct result of people’s rising expectations to be served exactly what they want, when and where they need it. That’s an incredibly powerful and motivating mission to help businesses achieve.”

Benjie Levy, COO and President of theScore, said: “The speed of our alerts is one of the reasons millions of fans all over the world rely on theScore as their sports app of choice. Working with Urban Airship has helped us exceed expectations in delivering scores, stats and news in real time, providing a best-in-class experience.”

For three consecutive holiday seasons, retail apps have increased notification volume, average notification opt-in rates and average engagement rates.

2 comScore’s 2016 U.S. Mobile App Report found big gains in the number of apps with 10-20 million users, increasing 43 percent from 2014 to 2015, and 36 percent from 2015 to 2016.

3 Urban Airship’s recent study of 63 million new app users found those who receive frequent messaging have 90-day retention rates 3X to 10X higher than users who received none.

4  84 percent of retailers’ 2016 holiday notifications were highly targeted to shoppers’ location, preferences and behaviors, while only 12 percent of messages were broadcast to everyone.

About Urban Airship
Urban Airship® ( is trusted by thousands of businesses to drive growth with mobile. Every day, marketers and developers depend on Urban Airship to deliver billions of digital moments through personalized, interactive notifications that inspire interest and drive action. Urban Airship is used by many of the world’s most admired companies, including Adidas, Alaska Airlines, The Home Depot, NBC Universal, Sky Media and Zillow.

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Nokia and Frontier Communications deploy technology to expand gigabit ultra-broadband access across Connecticut

  • Nokia technology enables Frontier to quickly roll out fiber-like speeds to customers living in apartment buildings and deliver new IPTV and data service packages

Norwalk, US – Nokia and Frontier Communications will deploy technology to increase in-building broadband speeds for customers living in apartment and multi-dwelling units (MDU) across Connecticut.

Part of a state-wide network expansion initiative, Frontier will use Nokia’s technology to quickly bring fiber-like speeds to customers without having to install new, in-building fiber infrastructure. With built-in vectoring technology – which reduces cross-talk interference that typically impacts data speeds over copper networks – the Nokia solution will allow Frontier to use the last few hundred meters of existing copper located in buildings to deliver ultra-broadband access to customers.

Nokia’s technology enables Frontier to complement its extensive fiber network footprint and rapidly deploy fiber to the basement of an apartment building instead of each individual apartment unit. Leveraging Software Defined Network (SDN) capabilities and compliant with NetConf and Yang models, Nokia’s solution also enables Frontier to accelerate deployments by automating the management process and simplifying provisioning models.

Steve Gable, Frontier EVP and Chief Technology Officer said: “Nokia’s field-proven solution will help Frontier quickly bring ultra-broadband access to customers by using the existing copper twisted pair wiring that is often found in apartment buildings. Without it, we’d have to drill holes and pull fiber into each apartment unit we serve, a time consuming and challenging process that can be frustrating for customers. Nokia’s solution allows us to deliver new enhanced services without ever having to enter the place of residence.”

Federico Guillén, president of Nokia’s Fixed Networks Business Group, said: “It’s no secret that multi-technology strategies which maximize the use of both fiber and copper are effective in helping operators quickly role out new ultra-broadband services. This is particularly true in some cases like inside an apartment building, where more traditional Fiber-to-the-Home strategies can be very challenging to deploy. With the advancements that have been made in today’s copper technologies, operators can now offer fiber-like speeds to enhance the way customers experience their broadband services. As market leaders in copper and fiber technologies, Nokia has the experience it takes to deliver these multi-technology broadband networks.”

Nokia is the industry leader in technology, with more than 40  individual customer trials completed and 10 customers commercially deploying around the world, including Openreach, Chunghwa Telecom, A1 Telekom Austria and Energia Communications.

With new technology innovations, such as XG-FAST, Nokia remains committed to providing operators with a wide range of copper technologies essential to meet growing end-customer demand for gigabit services.

Did you know:

  • Bell Labs’ innovative vectoring algorithms help to eliminate crosstalk and make even faster.
  • Nokia leads in DSL innovation, holding world speed records with Bell Labs’ XG-FAST technology, demonstrating speeds of 10Gbps on a single copper pair.
  •  Nokia is the global market leader in xDSL technology with a total of more than 330 million xDSL lines, 80 million VDSL lines and 30 million vectoring lines shipped to date.

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About Nokia
We create the technology to connect the world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry’s most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing.  From the enabling infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, to emerging applications in virtual reality and digital health, we are shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience.

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