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Issue 6 | July 2014
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steering the next wave of connected vehicles
In the sixth issue of Thuraya Link, we explore how mobile satellite technology is shaping maritime communications, enabling shipping operators to facilitate faster broadband access for business applications and transform crew management.
As the maritime industry evolves, fleet operators around the world are increasingly deploying satellite technology to keep pace with on-board communication requirements, enhance crew management and respond quickly to changing business needs.

From merchant vessels having to ensure effective business communications to offshore fleets needing to handle high volumes of data transfer, satellite technology can serve as a critical business enabler for the industry. Broadband connectivity remains a top priority for maritime businesses, and many ship owners are leveraging the latest mobile satellite services to address this need at highly attractive price points.

With the recent announcement of the Thuraya Atlas IP—the second maritime-specific product we have introduced this year, complementing the Thuraya Orion IP—Thuraya has successfully extended its maritime product portfolio to bring added value to our maritime customers.

Coinciding with its announcement, we showcased the enhanced capabilities of the Atlas IP at Posidonia 2014 in Greece, and we are pleased that this affordable, purpose-built broadband terminal garnered significant interest from visitors. We will continue working closely with our network of developers and service partners to deliver new, innovative maritime communication solutions such as Thuraya Atlas IP to address the evolving demands of tomorrow.

Today, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications technology is starting to make waves across the maritime industry, especially in enhancing operational efficiency and enabling remote vessel monitoring. We expect to see more maritime businesses utilize satellite-enabled M2M solutions to unlock greater productivity gains and significant cost efficiencies.

To support the growing market momentum behind M2M applications, Thuraya formed a partnership with ViaSat to develop and launch a dedicated M2M platform. This collaboration will provide our customers, with a highly secure, end-to-end managed M2M service to better meet the demand for efficient asset tracking and remote monitoring across different industries including maritime as well as energy, utilities and logistics.

In addition to the great progress in our maritime product portfolio, we are also happy to announce the official launch of a ground breaking partnership between Thuraya and Airtel Africa to provide consumer and business customers with Thuraya’s mobile satellite products and services across 17 African nations. This partnership is a major milestone for Thuraya in our efforts to bridge the digital divide for the underserved 400 million people in Africa through mobile satellite innovations. We look forward to bring you more updates on how Thuraya is leading the industry in transforming the satellite communications landscape.

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