Teresa B. Stricklin, Srategic Business Manager, Sattelite Communications Division of Motorola wrote -
".... It is an application done at our request, and not one which was planned by Professor Medhi.
As you may be aware, Motorola, one of the United States' largest employers, is involved in a project of global significance which expands the current limits of communication technology. This effort, in which Motorola has taken the lead, is known colloquially as the "IridiumTM SM” Project.
The Iridium project, which is based in Chandler, Arizona, will provide technology to allow instant personal cellular telecommunications around the world. The resulting system will make it possible to 'phone from Antarctica to North Pole, regardless of geography, weather, etc. on a hand-held device.
One of the fundamental theoretical underpinnings of this effort is "queuing". Queuing has been a key part of our research since the beginning of the Iridium project............
Dr. Medhi, an Emeritus Professor at Gauhati University and a visiting professor at university of Toronto, University of Montreal and the University of Wisconsin, among others, is a recognized worldwide expert in queuing theory. His publications and papers on the subject have been presented to the brightest scientific minds in the world. Dr. Medhi has authored the textbook "Stochastic Models in Queuing Theory", perhaps the only work in existence which brings the theory of stochastic processes with classic queuing theory.