Thuraya Link issue 8 Nov 2014
Issue 10 | MAY 2015
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Establishing Vital Communication Links in Emergency Situations
In the 10th issue of Thuraya Link, we put the spotlight on the role of satellite in fulfilling the needs of government agencies, and how Thuraya aims to continue breaking new ground through our mobile satellite portfolio.
Fahad Kahoor
In the last four years, Thuraya has made significant strides in transforming itself from a moderately successful satellite provider to one of the fastest growing and most profitable in the industry. We believe product innovation is at the heart of this rapid transformation. Mobile satellite products such as the Thuraya XT handsets and IP terminals are widely recognized for their reliability and performance capabilities—delivered via our congestion-free satellite network. Today, the Thuraya SatSleeve remains the only product of its kind in the market, empowering satellite end-users to address the latest BYOD demands.

One thing is clear: in an era defined by fast technology change, Thuraya is committed to tailoring our service offerings and innovation strategy according to wide-ranging customer requirements.

For government organizations, we strive to deliver robust solutions that enable users to conduct their work tasks in a more efficient manner, while ensuring a high level of security. Thuraya’s mobile satellite services (MSS) have been deployed to support relief efforts across the globe—from providing emergency communications during last year’s Ebola outbreak in West Africa to connecting first responders when Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in 2013.

Our proven MSS technology has made a key difference during such mission-critical scenarios. During Typhoon Haiyan, the Thuraya SatSleeve allowed relief workers to utilize their own personal device. More recently, we supported the Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency in the wake of the Air Asia plane crash by providing Thuraya IP terminals to help coordinate the search and rescue efforts in the Java Sea.

We also collaborate with our Service Partners to help government customers overcome budgetary constraints and develop affordable, interoperable solutions that fit in seamlessly into their existing networks.

Our partnership with TrustComm enables Thuraya to offer U.S.-based government and military agencies resilient, assured mobile communication services through the Starlight platform. The TrustComm agreement also provides Thuraya access to a new regional gateway in Cyprus to better serve government customers, with the added assurance that Starlight subscriber-authentication information will be managed and maintained in the U.S.

In our efforts to spearhead new developments in emerging segments such as machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, Thuraya is currently developing a secure service with the government of Turkey to facilitate remote monitoring applications via satellite.

I am confident that these breakthrough developments are the shape of more exciting things to come for satellite innovation in the government sector, and we look forward to bringing you more updates.

Senior Advisor
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