Thuraya brings mobile satellite connectivity to Africa

Cape Town, SA, November 11, 2013 – Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator, announced today that the Thuraya SatSleeve, a versatile and user-friendly device which brings satellite connectivity to the Apple® iPhone® is now available in Africa. The Company also announced the availability of the Thuraya IP+, the latest addition to its portfolio of mobile satellite broadband terminals.

According to a recent report by KPMG on business continuity, IT and data disruptions are African business leaders’ main concern and IT disaster recovery is the most implemented business continuity management component. Thuraya’s reliable satellite network provides seamless connectivity for both enterprises and individuals when they need it most.

Thuraya SatSleeve represents a significant breakthrough and game changer in the mobile satellite industry as the world’s first product to offer easy integration of a smartphone with satellite connectivity — delivered over Thuraya’s extensive satellite network. Slightly larger than the iPhone itself, the compact adaptor provides users with the ability to turn their iPhone into a satellite smartphone that allows them to have reliable connectivity beyond the coverage of traditional terrestrial networks.

Thuraya IP+ is the fastest and lightest mobile satellite broadband terminal available in the market. Without compromising on portability, it is designed to achieve extremely fast IP speeds, ensuring quick and reliable access to broadband data services over Thuraya’s satellite network. Thuraya IP+ can enable a wide range of applications including live high quality video broadcasting, web browsing, email, social media, data transfer and VoIP as well as access to corporate networks from remote locations.

Speaking on the eve of AfricaCom, Thuraya’s Vice President of Market Development, T. Sanford Jewett, said: “The launch of Thuraya’s SatSleeve represents a major innovation in the satellite industry. This is the first consumer-friendly mobile satellite phone ever launched and it dramatically improves access to satellite telephony for travelers and remote workers alike. iPhone users now have a versatile and affordable means of calling, texting and connecting apps via satellite from the world’s most remote locations.”

About Thuraya Telecommunications Company
Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider. Visit

For further information please contact:
Shereen Hanafi
Director of Communications
Tel: + 971-4-4488-888

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