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Thuraya’s portable voice and data solutions at Satellite 2012

Thuraya is showcasing Thuraya IP at Satellite 2012, from March 12 to 15 in Washington, DC.
Ahmed Ali al Shamsi, CTO, Thuraya, at the XT-DUAL launch

Thuraya is showcasing Thuraya IP at Satellite 2012, from March 12 to 15 in Washington, DC.

With a reported 60% market share of the satellite handheld market in its coverage area, Thuraya has, according to a company spokesman, been first worldwide in providing the smallest satellite voice handheld, the first dual mode—satellite and GSM—handheld, and the most rugged satellite handheld. At just half the size of a laptop, the Thuraya IP is the smallest satellite data terminal, delivering 384 kbps streaming and 444 kbps standard IP.

“We have been the leaders in satellite voice services for many years and now it is time to leverage this market strength to move forward and firmly in satellite broadband, the fastest growing market segment,” said Thuraya’s CEO Samer Halawi. “With data needed today everywhere from a mountaintop rescue mission to an offshore oil rig or a military outpost, the highest portability and power are essential. This is Thuraya’s solution to those challenges. This is the message we will be delivering to our partners, consumers and industry associates at Satellite 2012.”

At the exhibition Thuraya is also presenting the XT-DUAL, the latest-generation dual mode handheld, which switches seamlessly between ground networks and Thuraya’s satellite system . Also on show at Satellite 2012 are Thuraya’s MarineComms solutions—perfect for everything from freighters to luxury yachts— and Thuraya NettedComms for emergency communications, bringing connectivity to places .

Thuraya is also sharing its insights on the MSS industry at the conference. CEO Samer Halawi will share some of the company’s latest innovations and solutions for MSS communications on March 14, as he discusses developments in the industry—including developments in the broadband and handheld markets, and spectrum and M2M issues, during the CEO Panel, “The Best is Yet to Come: MSS CEOs Speak Out,” on 14 March.

In addition to Halawi, Thuraya’s speakers at Satellite 2012 include:

1. Jassem Nasser, VP—corporate affairs & business development, on “The Battle Over Spectrum and its Implications for Future MSS Networks.”

2. Bilal El Hamoui, regional director—Asia, asking if we’re going “Back to the Future?” on “New Competition in the Handheld MSS Market.”

3. Kyle Hurst, director of market development—Maritime, will address “Maritime Satcom Forum Deliverables”.