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October
2002

Did McCaw and Teledesic aim too high, too fast?

Did McCaw and Teledesic aim too high, too fast?

“A few years ago, I realized (Teledesic officials) don’t even have a clue, and this just confirms it,” said Marco Caceres, an analyst with Fairfax, Va.-based aerospace analysts the Teal Group. “You’d expect more from a visionary, who knows the market’s not there but says, ‘We’re going to go out there and develop it.’ You go out and you have enough confidence in your marketing and your concept” to make it work, he said. Teledesic, which is backed in part by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates and The Boeing Co., says it hasn’t given up on its vision of a constellation of satellites giving government, business and consumers access to portable Internet connections that are from 10 to 100 times faster than DSL and cable modems. The company, which has received more than $500 million in private investments and much of McCaw’s own money, said it remains solvent. But Caceres’ take is that Teledesic is in trouble, because it has been on the wrong course since the outset. Skepticism so far has been muted only because of McCaw’s reputation as a telecommunications wizard, he said.

Tags Craig McCaw, Teledesic Media Outlet: Seattle Post-Intelligencer Featured Analyst Marco A. Caceres

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