Smartphones can now communicate on 90 percent of the Earth not covered by traditional wireless networks. The Iridium AxcessPoint Mail and Web App provides email and Internet connections and features a built-in firewall to block extraneous Internet traffic. Data speeds are up to five times faster for Web browsing and 15 times faster for email. In September 2011, Iridium Communications Incorporated launched its AxcessPoint Wi-Fi hotspot accessory, a portable modem that connects devices to Iridium using an Iridium Extreme or Iridium 9555 satellite phone. Users must own either of these and a purchase a subscription to use the free AxcessPoint Mail and Web App, which is available at the iTunes App Store.
satellite-based wireless service
DRS Technical Services Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, was recently awarded a $7 million contract to provide management, supervision, manpower, equipment and supplies necessary to provide satellite-based wireless service for morale, welfare, and recreation purposes to three locations within the Helmand province of Afghanistan. The locations are Camp Leatherneck, Camp Delaram and Camp Dwyer. Leatherneck Regional Contracting Center, Helmand province, Afghanistan, is the contracting activity.