IBC 2014

Meet Thuraya at IBC 2014

Amsterdam, Sep 12 - 16

Thuraya invites you to join us and our partner, Airbus Defence and Space at the Amsterdam RAI in Hall 2 booth# 2.C23 at IBC 2014.

At the booth, you will be able to speak with our executives to learn more about how we’ve pioneered BYOD for the broadcast media and satellite industry with our game-changing Thuraya SatSleeve. Furthermore, we will be showcasing how our Thuraya IP+ as well as IP Voyager and Thuraya XT have been the most sought after equipment in a field journalist’s kit today.

To secure a meeting with the Thuraya team or to learn more about us, please email us at sales@thuraya.com.

We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!

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Meet Thuraya at IMPA 2014

London, Sep 17 - 18

Thuraya invites you to join us at booth 34 at London’s Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. You will be able to speak with our executives, learn more about our Maritime and offshore offerings as well as how we’ve pioneered BYOD for the satellite industry with the game-changing Thuraya SatSleeve. Learn how our customers are benefiting from using Thuraya’s maritime offerings, including the recently launched Thuraya Atlas IP and Thuraya Orion IP broadband terminals, SF 2500 as well as our other maritime solutions.

To schedule a meeting with the Thuraya team or to learn more about us, please email us at sales@thuraya.com.

We look forward to seeing you at IMPA 2014!

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7 connected user trends to watch out for…

As consumers are purchasing more and more ‘smart’ devices; smartphones, tablets, wearables and home devices, there is a greater expectation that full functionality must be achievable anywhere on the planet. According to GSMA’s The Mobile Economy Report, almost half of the population of the earth now uses mobile communications. Over the past four years, a billion mobile subscribers were added. The total now stands at 3.4 billion, where subscribers are growing four times faster than global population. Data will be the driving force of growth with a CAGR of 50% to 2020.

But consider some key geographies and the workability of these ‘smart devices’. For example Australia has a remote land area of 7,700 km2, where only 1% of the land is populated. Also consider China, where less than 45% of the land is populated. Remote land areas indicate limited connectivity. Extending mobile networks into remote or rural areas such as these present both physical and business challenges in connecting people.

Does this mean that telcos should ignore the need for connectivity in such areas? Surely not. Connecting users in such remote geographies is where satellite connectivity will become increasingly crucial to ‘smart’ companies. Operators need to consider the following trends to fulfil connectivity for users today:

Satellite Integration: As users become more globalized, smart device manufacturers will be expected to provide not only cellular but also satellite connectivity options in their devices.

Connect Everywhere: Whilst manufacturers are mulling over the feasibility of the satellite option, consumers will look for a device that facilitates the synergy between cellular and satellite connectivity.

Device Intelligence: Consumers will want a device that is intelligent enough to make decisions based on coverage, speed of connection and affordability. So in the home, the smart device may interoperate with the wired internet connection or cellular network, while outside it may interact with the wireless cloud or the satellite network. The bottom line is that the user will expect the best service available

Connect Everything: Consumers will look for a device that acts as a central hub of connectivity that is interoperable with multiple standards, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee etc., and will need to be transparent to the user, requiring minimal user interaction.

Any application: Consumers will expect to maintain their existing usage pattern of applications. E.g. Internet browsing, social media, making voice calls and will not want to know the reasons why they cannot, based on their geographic location.

Monitor Everything: As connectivity via the Internet of Things (IoT) rapidly increases, users will want to monitor and control everything from their home lighting to their personal health status. Energy and utility companies will need to be able to monitor every connection on the grid irrelevant of location. A device that enables satellite connectivity will prove to be increasingly important for such machine-to-machine operations.

Staying Safe: With online privacy concerns driving more security consciousness, satellite connectivity will become more appealing especially when roaming into networks that are unknown, for example, when travelling or connecting into the Wi-Fi cloud in a connected city. A satellite provider with ubiquitous coverage will be an entity that is trusted by users. A device with a satellite-only mode will be able to connect to a trusted satellite network, giving peace of mind to the user.

The satellite industry witnessed true innovation with the Thuraya SatSleeve, an adaptor that transforms an iPhone or Android into a satellite phone. It marked the first time that a satellite operator launched a product with mass consumer appeal and extended its reach beyond traditional vertical sectors. Although the SatSleeve represented a significant breakthrough in the world of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), industry players are now scrambling to follow suit launching ‘innovative’ products that essentially have similar functionality to existing products. Concentration is being focused on aesthetics without much attention to what consumers actually want.

But the connected consumers have spoken, highlighting their needs clearly . To innovate, the satellite industry needs to look at fresher ways of appealing to this new user - only then can we say that we are truly connected to their needs.

Asher Faredi
Product Manager, Land IP

Asher Faredi is Thuraya’s Product Manager for Land IP. He is responsible for developing Thuraya’s satellite broadband portfolio and providing specialist counsel to business development and management projects within the sector.  He has a wealth of experience crossing many technologies and platforms, with more than 5 years’ experience in the mobile satellite industry.

Thuraya at CommunicAsia

Join Thuraya at CommunicAsia 2014

Your mobile satellite communications journey starts with us!

Thuraya invites you to join us at CommunicAsia 2014 at booth T101-01 from June 17 to 20.

For the first time in Asia, we will be launching Thuraya Atlas IP, our newest maritime broadband terminal. Atlas IP is a dedicated maritime satellite terminal, supporting voice and broadband IP data connectivity. The terminal provides merchant maritime, fishing, government and leisure users with a purpose-designed, fully-featured maritime satellite terminal that supports voice and broadband IP data connectivity at speeds of up to 444kbps.
 
At the booth, you will be able to speak with our executives to learn more about how we've pioneered BYOD for the satellite industry with our game-changing Thuraya SatSleeve. Find out about our range of broadband terminals for land, vehicles and sea including: the Thuraya IP+, IP Voyager and Orion IP.
 
Exhibition Hours:
June 17 – 19: 10:30 am – 6:00pm
June 20: 10:30 am – 4:00pm
 
To secure a meeting with the Thuraya team or to learn more about us, please email us at sales@thuraya.com. We look forward to seeing you in Singapore!

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Thuraya at Eurosatory

Meet Thuraya at Eurosatory from June 16 - 20

Taking assured, mission-critical satellite communications to the next level

Thuraya invites you to join us at the UAE Pavilion, booth 5B-760 where we will be showcasing our latest mobile satellite innovations for the government sector.

At the booth, you will be able to speak with our team about your mission-critical communications needs and gain insight on how we work with our government end-users. Learn more about our newest products and solutions, including the market-changing Thuraya SatSleeve, Thuraya IP+, Thuraya NettedComms solution, IP Voyager , Thuraya Atlas IP, Orion IP broadband terminals.

To secure a meeting with the Thuraya team or to learn more about us, please email us at government@thuraya.com.

We look forward to seeing you at Eurosatory!

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Randy Roberts, VP Innovation

Can the Internet of Things (IoT) Survive without Satellite?

Satellite technology has a pivotal role in driving the growth momentum behind the Internet of Things (IoT) and unlocking the promise of interconnected devices.

The nascent IoT movement promises to drive the relentless shift towards the interconnected network of devices. According to research firm Gartner, the growth in IoT will far exceed that of other connected devices and will grow to 26 billion units by 2020, representing an almost 30-fold increase from 2009.

Besides the proliferation of connected devices, the continued adoption of machine-to-machine (M2M) technology will spur the development of a wide range of new consumer-centric services, or even facilitate new business models.

Transforming IoT connectivity via satellite
Satellite technology serves as a key enabler for these new services - across industries, across geographical borders - to transform IoT connectivity as we know it today. In highly varied applications that range from consumers, to oil and gas to the transportation sector, satellite operators can deliver strategic advantages over terrestrial deployments in the following aspects:

Connecting remote assets - Business operations that extend to geographically remote environments depend on satellites to provide the critical communication means to conduct remote facility monitoring and real-time asset management at unmanned sites and offshore platforms.

Driving the use of sensor networks - Energy and mining companies are starting to explore more extensive usage of satellite-based sensor networks to support their offshore exploration projects.

Transforming transportation infrastructure - Broadband connectivity on trains, cargo vehicles and maritime vessels is a burgeoning trend across the global transportation landscape, and satellite communications is key to enabling the next generation of mobility services.

Developing sustainable cities - City administrators around the world are harnessing the power of the IoT to drive energy efficiency and smarter resource allocation to help make cities more sustainable. Satellite services can facilitate the deployment of smart grids in remote regions where terrestrial networks fall short and act as a reliable backup network for critical services such as safety and security.

Connected Cars - Many car manufacturers are providing safety features in their vehicles including emergency calling and airbag deployment notifications. Guaranteeing the availability of these services can only be achieved with coverage in remote areas around the world.

Collecting fitness data - Athletes wear small sensors for location tracking purposes and to collect bio-data such as their heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels. The data collected can be used to track potential health risks, monitor progress in training, or identify the location of athletes in remote areas.

Facilitating mobile banking and retail - Satellite can serve as the main communications backbone that keeps wireless ATMs and mobile point-of-sales applications running smoothly across a broad geographical span.

Unlocking the future of the IoT
The basic requirements of the IoT are that all devices need to be connected wherever they happen to be.

While Wi-Fi deployments, Bluetooth and terrestrial GSM networks are able to support most applications, these network services simply cannot provide the ubiquitous and seamless coverage of satellites. The ultimate success of the IoT will depend on the active support of satellite networks, such as the L-band services provided by Thuraya, to address the following requirements:

Coverage - A new breed of IoT applications will emerge from the connectivity of intelligent devices. Expected to encompass billions of devices around the world, the potential scale of the IoT demands ubiquitous network coverage even in remote locations, which are best served by satellite networks.

Reliability - Maintaining a high level of service reliability is a key requirement for effective IoT deployments. The low latency of L-band services holds a distinct advantage in catering to applications such as remote asset monitoring that requires reliable, always-on connectivity.

Speed - The future landscape of the IoT involves the exchange of data between interconnected objects to facilitate quicker decision making and enhance business processes. These developments have, in turn, driven up the demand for high data speeds to support bandwidth-intensive applications in real time.

Cost - Satellite technology has the potential to be a versatile and cost-effective solution to address IoT connectivity needs. The costs associated with mobile satellite services, for instance, are highly competitive with terrestrial networks, and is considered a more affordable option relative to other satellite platforms.

Integration - The IoT is expected to continue driving up market demand for the integration of satellite into the overall communications mix.

To realize its full potential, the IoT cannot survive without the support and engagement of satellite operators. Thuraya is currently working with an ecosystem of developers and system integrators to provide the necessary devices, applications and integration support to make IoT a success.

Randy C. Roberts
Vice President of Innovation

Randy Roberts is responsible for driving product and solution innovation strategy. Based in Dubai, Randy leads the product development, product management and solutions engineering teams. He is also responsible for managing the business intelligence team to drive continuous development and enhancement of Thuraya’s product lifecycle management process.

Meet Thuraya at Posidonia

Meet Thuraya at Posidonia from June 2 – 6

The search for high-quality maritime broadband connectivity is over!

Join us at Posidonia in Hall 2 at booth #2.419 and be one of the first to preview Thuraya Atlas IP, our newest maritime broadband terminal.

Launching at Posidonia, Atlas IP is a dedicated maritime satellite terminal, supporting voice and broadband IP data connectivity. The terminal provides merchant maritime, fishing, government and leisure users with a purpose-designed, fully-featured maritime satellite terminal that supports voice and broadband IP data connectivity at speeds of up to 444kbps.

Stop by to speak with our team and learn how we’ve pioneered BYOD for the satellite industry with our game-changing Thuraya SatSleeve. Discover how Thuraya is revolutionizing crew calling with our highly reliable, affordable and effective solutions for seafarers, ship owners and managers.

To secure a meeting with the Thuraya team or to learn more about us, please email us at sales@thuraya.com

We look forward to seeing you at Posidonia 2014!

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Randy Roberts

Not your father's satellite

The rise of “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) over the past few years has significantly transformed the world of mobile telecommunications. Whether it is a business executive accessing her office networks while on the move or an offshore crew member using his smartphone and tablet to communicate, today’s connected consumers demand the flexibility of using their personal devices.

Increasingly, these trends are no longer unique to the mobile terrestrial sector. Consumers today want to access more data applications with seamless transition between networks, including satellite. At the same time, the success of companies such as Apple and Samsung has led to heightened consumer expectations for the satellite industry to innovate and create new game-changing products.

Consider the growing consumer influence on how satellite products and services are being designed, developed and delivered. Consumer perceptions of satellite equipment have evolved radically to the pointwhere hefty satellite handsets no longer fit the bill. End-users now expect satellite phones to come in a sleek form factor, with enhanced functions and data capabilities that allow them to access social media and popular apps with ease.

While staying ahead of the latest mobility trends can be a challenge, the opportunities for the satellite industry to embrace the new realities of BYOD are simply too compelling to ignore. The following consumer-oriented developments serve as strategic guideposts for satellite operators to rethink and transform their business:

Delivering solutions that address consumer demands across networks
We are seeing the emergence of new products and exciting application development that are bringing the industry another step closer to the seamless integration between terrestrial and satellite communications.

From the satellite perspective, this means having to take a closer look at how consumer behavior is impacting the way mobile devices are being utilized - and be able to deliver the products and network coverage to keep pace with evolving consumer demands. Satellite operators also need to take into consideration whether the products they develop can support popular consumer handset platformssuch as the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy.

The introduction of new, consumer-oriented form factors such as the Thuraya SatSleeve - which provide access to satellite connectivity with greater ease and convenience - clearly reflects this trend. Satellite end-users no longer have to carry a dedicated satellite handset everywhere, and they are now able to access data applications via their personal device of their choice, even when operating outside of GSM coverage.

The convergence between the satellite and terrestrial mobile sectors is fast becoming the norm, and is already considered to be business as- usual for Thuraya. With over 360 roaming agreements with mobile network operators around the world, end-users are able to utilize Thuraya devices just as effectively over our satellite network or on GSM networks.

Broadening distribution beyond traditional satellite sales channels
As the lines between terrestrial and satellite continue to blur, another strategic differentiator for satellite operators can be achieved through deepened collaboration with service partners in the mobile terrestrial space.

In order to succeed in the consumer sector, there is added impetus for satellite operators to adopt a business model and product development cycles that are on par with mobile operators. We foresee agrowing trend for satellite devices to be sold through mobile operators or be commercially available directly at retail stores alongside consumer phones - in a slick form factor and user interface that are virtually identical to that of a consumer mobile handset.

Establishing an ecosystem dedicated to fostering innovation platforms
The increased consumer orientation also means that the satellite industry needs to develop new, competitive products, and get them to market faster.

Traditionally, satellite operators do not consider the applications that ride on top of their networks as being part of their core business focus. However, this way of thinking is rapidly being challenged.To meet the requirements of the consumer market, satellite operators are starting to place more focus on supporting partner ecosystems to foster new innovation streams.

Thuraya VIPturbo

As part of our efforts to establish an entire ecosystem that will respond quickly to market trends, Thuraya is delivering new tools and network capabilities that enable developers to accelerate the pace of product development. An example is the recently launched Thuraya VIPturbo Module, which serves as the engine for developing new broadband terminals that ride on the Thuraya network. We believe the Thuraya VIPturbo Module holds great potential for empowering partners to develop innovative products that address the latest BYOD demands.

By focusing on addressing emerging consumer demands and the latest technology shifts, Thuraya is building the next generation of agile, market focused satellite solutions. This is not your fathers’ satellite company.

Randy C. Roberts
Vice President of Innovation
Randy Roberts is responsible for driving product and solution innovation strategy. Based in Dubai, Randy leads the product development, product management and solutions engineering teams. He is also responsible for managing the business intelligence team to drive continuous development and enhancement of Thuraya’s product lifecycle management process.

Thuraya Recharge Services

Acquire your satellite services with greater convenience!

Western Union® Quick PaySM service: Thuraya customers can now recharge pre-paid voice and data SIMs with no extra fee at over 220,000 participating Western Union agent locations. To top-up your Thuraya prepaid voice SIM card, visit a participating Western Union agent location, provide your identification and Thuraya phone number, and then re-load your prepaid SIM card with a cash payment. Family, friends and colleagues can also add pre-paid credit on behalf of a Thuraya user traveling abroad. For more information on this service, click here.

Thuraya Recharge: This service enables you to acquire airtime online, using your credit card to recharge your Thuraya prepaid SIM instantly. You can also buy airtime by making a free call from your Thuraya handset. Simply dial the Thuraya toll-free number provided upon registering with Thuraya Recharge, and follow the voice prompts to select your recharge amount. Visit www.thurayarecharge.com to buy airtime now.

Thuraya Cloud Refill: Need to top up your customer’s prepaid credits quickly? If you are a Thuraya Service Partner or distributor, you can now purchase prepaid airtime credit in bulk online and distribute it either directly to your end users or through your own distribution network. Learn more

Thuraya Short Code Services: Thuraya Short Codes are special short telephone numbers that are designed to be easier to read and remember. Short codes are associated with value-added services such scratch card refill (SMS),  call-me back, Islamic prayer times, and other Thuraya mobile and Customer Care services. To view a list of short code numbers for your Thuraya handset, please click here.

Scratch Card Refill (Web): Service used to enable subscribers to recharge their prepaid accounts through web by accessing (services.thuraya.com). For information about Scratch Card Refill (SMS), please look up Thuraya Short Code Services

E-Wallet Service (Web): Service used to enable SP's to refill their prepaid subscribers accounts based on request sent through web from PCAS. For information about E-Wallet Service (SMS), please look up Thuraya Short Code Services

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