Saturday, August 30, 2008

Thuraya picks three service providers

Thuraya, one of the leading satellite telecom companies, has tied up with three service providers in the Asia Pacific region. The company had recently started coverage in the Asia Pacific region. It provides cost-effective mobile hand-held telephony, rural telephony, broadband, maritime and fleet management solutions.

These partnerships, which further widen Thuraya's distribution platform, are aimed at promoting and selling the diverse portfolio of Thuraya communication products in the region. Asia Pacific has multiple purposes for satellite communications such as oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, agriculture, maritime sectors and emergency relief during disasters

The first agreement was for the appointment of Hong Kong Satellite Communication International Ltd (HKSCI) as an international service provider (ISP). HKSCI has a history of specializing in satellite terminals and will be responsible for the distribution of Thuraya handheld telephony and ThurayaDSL, and the agreement ensures easier access to Thuraya’s voice and broadband services.

The second agreement was for the appointment of a national service provider, and signed with Japan Digital Communications, a satellite solution provider in Japan which will also be marketing Thuraya’s SO-2510, (weighing only 130 g/4.5 ounces and measuring 118 x 53 x 18.8 mm), also known as the world’s smallest satellite phone, and Thuraya’s SG-2520, the world’s smartest satellite handheld phone. Users of the SG-2520 can use both GSM and satellite networks allowing ubiquitous coverage at all times.

The third agreement was signed with AA Techneq (M) Sdn. Bhd., a company wiwth a long track record in the Malaysian Mobile Satellite Services market. They will be a National Service Provider marketing the full range of Thuraya products except for the maritime solution. AA Techneq is established in the various vertical market segments that require mobile satellite solutions in Malaysia.

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