SoftBank Mobile has applied and reportedly received approval from the Japanese regulator to provide Thuraya’s satellite network services in Japan. Commencing as from February 2013, the Thuraya’s handsets and airtime services will be sold to customers from Softbank Mobile’s distribution channels. As part of the agreement, the two companies will collaborate to design a new version of Thuraya’s handset with special features. This new edition of the Thuraya handset will reportedly be available exclusively for sale from SoftBank Mobile.
Thuraya’s services are available to SoftBank users venturing outside of terrestrial networks, or in areas where those networks are either unavailable or are vulnerable to natural disasters. Media, energy, government, and all other types of enterprises, as well as individual consumers will be able to avail themselves of Thuraya’s services.
“During the disruption caused to mobile network services when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit in 2011, satellite communication services played a significant role in restoring network transmission services and providing subscribers with preliminary communication services. By partnering with Thuraya, SoftBank Mobile aims to provide reliable and easily deployable emergency mobile telecommunication services during times of disaster recovery operations.” said SoftBank Mobile’s Executive Vice President, Director & CTO, Junichi Miyakawa. “With the partnership with a trusted satellite operator coupled with a superb mobile satellite products, SoftBank Mobile is well positioned to provide our subscribers with high-quality and reliable mobile voice communications across Thuraya’s broad geographic footprint both on land and at sea.”
“Like SoftBank Mobile, Thuraya is committed to providing reliable connectivity to serve humanity. This groundbreaking alliance between our companies represents an exciting milestone for SoftBank’s subscribers who can now benefit from comprehensive coverage of our satellite network.” explained Samer Halawi, Chief Executive Officer for Thuraya.