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Historic Service Launch for Thuraya and Chunghwa Telecom

Samer Halawi, CEO


Thuraya and Chunghwa Telecom, the leading Taiwanese telecom operator, jointly announced a landmark licensing agreement in February 2013 for the provisioning of Thuraya’s mobile satellite services in Taiwan. With this agreement, Chunghwa Telecom’s subscribers can now benefit from Thuraya’s voice, data and maritime services across its extensive satellite footprint covering over 140 countries in Africa, Asia Pacific, Australia, Europe and the Middle East.

This service agreement marks that for the first time in Taiwan, both consumers and enterprise users are no longer required to seek individual licensing approval from the National Communications Commission (NCC) — Taiwan’s national telecoms regulator — to use mobile satellite services in the country. Previously, only enterprise users were eligible for this licensing approval.

Thuraya’s Chief Executive Officer, Samer Halawi, said: “We are pleased to be working with a reputable and experienced partner in Chunghwa Telecom to bring Thuraya’s mobile satellite products and services to more users in Taiwan. We are grateful to the NCC for granting licensing approval of Thuraya’s satellite services, which will enable Taiwan’s citizens to stay connected across our global network on land and sea, beyond the confines of terrestrial networks.”

Taiwan is considered a key growth market for Thuraya, characterized by strong demand for voice and data services from market segments such as the fisheries sector. Thuraya MarineComms offers a range of products including the SF2500, dubbed the ultimate satellite phone at sea, and the Seagull 5000 to provide extensive connectivity for medium to small vessels, fishing boats and yachts at sea.

Tai-Feng Leng, President of Chunghwa Telecom International Business Group, said: “This agreement signifies an important milestone for our customers who can now benefit from using a range of innovative mobile satellite voice, data and maritime products across Thuraya’s comprehensive network. We chose to work with Thuraya because of their strong focus on delivering superior products and network services, which is consistent with our own corporate philosophy.”

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