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Elektrobit (EB) and satellite operator, TerreStar have said that they are working to deliver a new generation of Windows Mobile based reference designs, similar in size to today's PDA, which will allow users to stay connected to both the satellite and terrestrial components of the TerreStar network.

Additionally, Elektrobit and TerreStar are working to enable device manufacturers to rapidly bring to market the world's first quad-band GSM and tri-band WCDMA/HSPA smartphone with integrated all-IP satellite-terrestrial voice and data capabilities.

"By developing and delivering innovative reference designs for integrated satellite-terrestrial networks, EB and TerreStar intend to help solve the critical communications and business continuity challenges faced by enterprises, rural communities and the nation's homeland defense and public safety agencies," said Dennis Matheson, chief technology officer, TerreStar Networks. "We are empowering end-users across North America to be connected to our network through a virtual handshake between our next-generation mobile satellite and terrestrial network; and with EB's reference designs we can provide customer-designed, tailored applications in a conventional form factor end-users are familiar with."

Initial commercial availability of the reference design is planned for H1 2009.

"This is an exciting moment, as EB and TerreStar are now ready to show the reach of ubiquitous satellite-terrestrial high speed all-IP access with powerful smartphone capabilities - all delivered in an incredibly compact form factor," said Pertti Korhonen, chief executive officer, EB. "This demonstrates EB's superior technology skills and reflects our ability to turn technology into enriching end-user experiences."

TerreStar Networks is a USA-based company that operates integrated satellite and terrestrial telecommunications systems. It is a subsidiary of TerreStar Corporation. The company was formerly called Motient, which was formerly called American Mobile Satellite.

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