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Iridium Expands Reach With South African License

        Iridium Continues to Grow Mobile Satellite Services
                      Distribution Footprint

MCLEAN, Va. and JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 22, 2010 (GLOBE
NEWSWIRE) -- Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM) announces the
establishment of "Iridium South Africa," under which Iridium has
licenses to operate, provide and sell mobile satellite services (MSS)
in the country. The authorization was provided by the Independent
Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the regulator for the
South African communications and broadcasting services. This
authorization enables Iridium partners the ability to better address
the growing government and commercial enterprise market demand with
Iridium products, services and applications in the country.

The Iridium low-Earth orbiting (LEO) satellite constellation provides
mobile voice and data communications over the entire planet, offering
service where no other means of communication exists. As a result of
the new communications licenses, the government, business and consumer
sectors in South Africa now have greater access to the world's only
truly global MSS.

"Iridium has grown its commercial service revenues between 2006 and
2009 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 27 percent,
primarily through the introduction of new products and services,
attraction of new distribution partners, and expansion of its
geographic sales reach," said Matt Desch, CEO, Iridium. "This
announcement continues to demonstrate the demand for Iridium's MSS
around the globe. South Africa is an important and growing market that
requires Iridium's broad, reliable, dependable, mobile communications

Iridium anticipates its MSS can be utilized by the South African
government to provide backup communications in urban and rural areas,
and in emergency situations, as is the case in many regions of the
world. Iridium's global low-latency, two-way machine-to-machine (M2M)
communications are ideal for markets such as transportation, logistics,
security, oil and gas, and mining where there are requirements to
deliver continuous, intelligent communications on valuable assets in
real time. In addition, there is significant demand from global
companies looking to expand their operations in the country.

Iridium voice and data services are particularly ideal for South Africa
because of its coastal access to the South Atlantic Ocean and Indian
Ocean, as well as its large rural land mass and significant mining
operations. The country's established and emerging industries, growing
infrastructure and adventure tourist industry also make Iridium an
essential service in South Africa.

"A satellite communications service such as Iridium's, with service
covering the entire globe, as well as all corners of our country,
including her shores and areas that may never be served otherwise by
current service providers, is an enormous development for South
Africa," said Dr. John K. Nkadimeng, patron of the John Kgoana
Nkadimeng Foundation, and one of the champions of the liberation
struggle for freedom in South Africa. Nkadimeng, along with Nelson R.
Mandela, is one of the original 1956 Treason Trial anti-apartheid

In addition to the existing partners with export operations in South
Africa, Iridium anticipates opportunities for its more than 200 global
distribution partners to form new partnerships to deliver a range of
innovative voice and data applications that will connect the South
African market to the global reach of the Iridium network.

Demand for truly global MSS has helped fuel the company's international
expansion as well as plans to build its next-generation satellite
constellation, Iridium NEXT. Iridium continues to pursue licenses in
other significant geographical markets, such as Russia and China, which
represent the opportunity for further expansion of the company's
products and services.

About Iridium Communications Inc.

Iridium Communications Inc. ( is the only mobile
satellite service (MSS) company offering coverage over the entire
globe. The Iridium constellation of low-earth orbiting (LEO)
cross-linked satellites provides critical voice and data services for
areas not served by terrestrial communication networks. Iridium serves
commercial markets through a worldwide network of distributors, and
provides services to the U.S. Department of Defense and other U.S. and
international government agencies. The company's customers represent a
broad spectrum of industry, including maritime, aeronautical,
government/defense, public safety, utilities, oil/gas, mining,
forestry, heavy equipment and transportation. Iridium has launched a
major development program for its next-generation satellite
constellation, Iridium NEXT. The company is headquartered in McLean,
Va., USA and trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the ticker
symbols IRDM (common stock), IRDMW ($7.00 warrants), IRDMZ ($11.50
warrants) and IRDMU (units).

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not purely historical facts
may constitute forward-looking statements as defined in the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements
include statements regarding expected usage of Iridium's mobile
satellite services (MSS). Other forward-looking statements can be
identified by the words "anticipates," "may," "can," "believes,"
"expects," "projects," "intends," "likely," "will," "to be" and other
expressions that are predictions of or indicate future events, trends
or prospects. These forward-looking statements involve known and
unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the
actual results, performance or achievements of Iridium to differ
materially from any future results, performance or achievements
expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks
and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, uncertainties
regarding overall levels of demand for MSS, and the company's ability
to maintain the health, capacity and content of its satellite
constellation, as well as general industry and economic conditions, and
competitive, legal, governmental and technological factors. Other
factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
indicated by the forward-looking statements include those factors
listed under the caption "Risk Factors" in the company's Annual Report
on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission on March 16, 2010. There is no
assurance that Iridium's expectations will be realized. If one or more
of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if Iridium's underlying
assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from
those expected, estimated or projected.

Iridium's forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this
press release and Iridium undertakes no obligation to update
forward-looking statements.

CONTACT:  Iridium Communications Inc.
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