The Commission clears the creation of Iridium, a future provider of worldwide satellite personal communications services* The European Commission has given its formal green light to the creation of Iridium, a company led by the US corporation Motorola, which intends to provide as from the last quarter of 1998, global digital wireless communications services using a constellation of 66 low earth orbit (LEO  ) satellites. Services will include mobile voice telephony, paging and basic data services (such as facsimile) and will be provided via portable hand-held (dual mode or single mode) telephones, vehicle mounted telephones, pagers and other subscriber equipment. Because Iridium will not restrict competition, its creation has been concluded to fall outside the scope of both Article
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