David Zufall named Senior Vice President for Network Systems of ICO Global and ICO North America
Reston, VA. - (March 8, 2006) -- ICO Global Communications (Holdings), Limited (ICO) and ICO North America, Inc. (ICO North America), today, announced that David Zufall has been appointed senior vice president for network systems of both ICO and ICO North America. Zufall will begin his new role immediately.
Zufall joins ICO from Sprint Nextel, where for the past ten years, he served in a number of technical and operational capacities. During his recent position as the vice president of network architecture and chief architect for Nextel, Zufall managed the definition and development of nationwide Direct Connect, the industry's first always-on-mobile-IP-based packet data service, and Nextel's first iDEN handset. As chief architect, he led the definition of Nextel's device, switching, radio and Direct Connect platforms.
"We are delighted that David will lead the system design, development and implementation of the terrestrial portion of our new hybrid satellite/terrestrial mobile communications system," said Craig Jorgens, president of ICO. "David and his team at Nextel accomplished the design, launch, and operation of unique and differentiated products and services. We are confident that his experience will lend strong support to ICO's service launch."
ICO North America's hybrid satellite/terrestrial MSS system is scheduled to be operational in July of 2007. Its MSS satellite is being built by Space Systems/Loral, Inc. ("Loral"). Loral and ICO North America have completed certification of all applicable FCC milestones, to date.
In August 2005, ICO's wholly owned subsidiary ICO North America issued $650 million in privately placed debt securities to fund its advanced hybrid 2 GHz MSS system.
ICO Global Communications (Holdings) is a satellite communications company based in Reston, Virginia. ICO, through its subsidiaries, plans to offer advanced wireless voice, data, and internet services with handsets similar to existing cellular phones. The company's wholly owned subsidiary, ICO North America, will apply its technology -- redundant to terrestrial networks -- in order to uniquely address growing national security and public safety needs.
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