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TMI, Motient want to build land network to improve coverage of satellite system

News | 11/13/2001 5:00 am EST

TMI Communications, Ottawa, and U.S.-based Motient Corp. are asking the federal government for approval to build a controversial terrestrial network to expand and improve its satellite service in urban areas – a plan similar to ones in the U.S. that PCS players there have already opposed. TMI and Motient, which are in the process of merging under the banner Mobile Satellite Ventures LP (RoW, Jan. 22/01), want to use portions of the L-band spectrum for the terrestrial component of their network. Motient and rival New ICO Global have already filed similar applications with the Federal Communications Commission and are awaiting a decision (RoW Update, Aug. 13/01).

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