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Thuraya and Ground Control expand Satcom connectivity options in the US 

Thuraya’s technology partner and integrator will distribute its products and services to key government, maritime and IoT/M2M customers in the United States.

Thuraya, the mobile satellite services subsidiary of Yahsat, has signed a partnership agreement with US-based Ground Control Systems, owned by Wireless Innovations Ltd, to distribute its products and services within the country and the rest of the world.

Ground Control provides specialised, end-to-end satellite communications solutions to government, energy, maritime and leisure sectors.

Thuraya is already working closely with leading enterprises in the US such as Hughes, Boeing, Viasat and SRT Wireless. The new partnership not only helps Ground Control customers benefit from Thuraya’s technology but also gives them access to its satellite communications services in more than 160 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and Australasia.

Thuraya’s IoT and M2M services are available in the US through its FT2225 terminal, which works on both Thuraya and Viasat networks. It is the only satellite company to have more than 400 roaming agreements with mobile network operators (MNOs) including AT&T and T-Mobile in 178 countries.

Commenting on the partnership, Shawkat Ahmed, Thuraya’s Chief Commercial Officer said: “We are delighted to expand the parameters of our relationship with Ground Control to include distribution of products and services. This alliance is important to us as it will broaden our reach within specific verticals. Ground Control has a wealth of experience and understanding of the US market, which coupled with the strength and reliability of our services, will enhance the connectivity experience for customers in the region.”

Jeff Staples, CEO of Ground Control Systems stated: “We have been working with Thuraya for many years now and share the same ethos and consulting approach to help our customers find the right satellite solution that works best for them. Our partnership with Thuraya will concentrate on offering broadband and voice products and services to the US customers operating within Thuraya coverage as well to International customers through our UK-based affiliates – Wireless Innovation, Rock7 and YB Tracking.”