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Thuraya Showcases World's Most Portable Voice and Data Solutions at Satellite 2012

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Abu Dhabi (Mar. 8, 2012) – In applications from field journalism to Government end users, and from humanitarian relief to disaster assistance, the need for small, light, highly portable satellite broadband terminals has never been greater and Thuraya is highlighting its sleek, convenient Thuraya IP at Satellite 2012, from March 12 to 15 in Washington, DC.

A world leader maintaining 60% market share of the satellite handheld market in its coverage area, Thuraya has also been first worldwide in providing the smallest satellite voice handheld, the first dual mode–satellite and GSM–handheld, and the most rugged satellite handheld. At just half the size of a laptop, the Thuraya IP is also the smallest, most portable and most powerful satellite data terminal, delivering an ideal 384 kbps streaming and 444 kbps standard IP. Leading companies in major sectors have been adopting the Thuraya IP for its convenient size and speed.

“We have been the leaders in satellite voice services for many years and now it is time to leverage this market strength to move forward and firmly in satellite broadband, the fastest growing market segment,” said Thuraya’s CEO Samer Halawi. “With data needed today everywhere from a mountaintop rescue mission to an offshore oil rig or a military outpost, the highest portability and power are essential. This is Thuraya’s solution to those challenges. Thuraya’s products and solutions don’t just promise performance; we promise speed, accessibility and reliability even under extreme conditions. This is the message we will be delivering to our partners, consumers and industry associates at Satellite 2012. We are a leading international mobile satellite operator that offers the most robust and reliable communication solutions.”

At the exhibition Thuraya is also presenting the XT-DUAL, the latest-generation dual mode handheld, which switches seamlessly between ground networks and Thuraya’s satellite system wherever and whenever needed. Also on show at Satellite 2012 are Thuraya’s MarineComms solutions–perfect for everything from freighters to luxury yachts– and Thuraya NettedComms for emergency communications, bringing connectivity to places and at times when nothing else works. The full suite of voice products, Thuraya IP, and other specialized solutions demonstrate Thuraya’s leading position in the MSS market. From reporters in conflict zones to relief workers bringing aid to areas devastated by natural disasters, Thuraya’s mobile satellite communication solutions offer the assurance of cost-effective and reliable connectivity anywhere, at any time.

As a pre-eminent innovator, Thuraya is also sharing its thought-provoking insights on the MSS industry at the conference. CEO Samer Halawi (pictured at right) will share some of the company’s latest innovations and solutions for MSS communications on March 14, as he discusses developments in the industry–including developments in the broadband and handheld markets, and spectrum and M2M issues, during the CEO Panel, “The Best is Yet to Come: MSS CEOs Speak Out,” on 14 March.

In addition to Mr. Halawi, Thuraya’s speakers at Satellite 2012 include:

  1.  Jassem Nasser, VP–Corporate Affairs & Business Development, on “The Battle Over Spectrum and its Implications for Future MSS Networks.”
  2. Bilal El Hamoui, Regional Director–Asia, asking if we’re going “Back to the Future?” on “New Competition in the Handheld MSS Market.”
  3. Kyle Hurst, Director of Market Development–Maritime, will address “Maritime Satcom Forum Deliverables”.

Thuraya is a leading international mobile satellite operator serving 140 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia. It is the only mobile satellite operator that offers satellite roaming for GSM consumers.

About Thuraya (

Thuraya is a leading international mobile satellite services operator that provides quality, affordable communication solutions in more than 140 countries across Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australia.

Thuraya’s portfolio encompasses data, voice and maritime products and services that support dual GSM and satellite mode and advanced applications, to provide people and businesses with constant connectivity when they need it most. Thuraya specifically designs successful satellite communication solutions for vertical sectors such as energy, media, government, NGOs and the maritime community.

Thuraya’s robust, powerful satellite network enables two-thirds of the globe’s population to communicate clearly and effectively in areas underserved by terrestrial networks.

Thuraya was founded in 1997 by a consortium of leading national telecommunications operators and reputed international investment firms, and is the world’s leading provider of mobile satellite handhelds in its coverage area, with nearly 65% market share.

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Media Contact:

Mr. Ebrahim K. Ebrahim
Corporate Communications Department
Thuraya Telecommunications Co.
Post Box 283333 Dubai, UAE
Tel: 971-4-4488-828
Fax: 971-4-4488-899
Email: [email protected]