Thuraya Telecommunications Company, has donated new supplies of emergency telecommunication equipment to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) under the decade old Emergency Telecommunications support arrangement. This donation will strengthen the ITU’s capacity in natural disaster preparedness, search and rescue, and response through the use of state-of-the-art mobile satellite communication equipment.

Thuraya’s satellite equipment will enhance the scale at which the ITU can deploy mobile communications to assist countries affected by disasters, and strengthen response, relief and recovery interventions.

Thuraya’s Chief Commercial Officer Bilal Hamoui said: “We remain deeply committed to continuing our involvement in emergency communications programs, and to strengthening our partnership with the ITU. At Thuraya, we strongly believe in our purpose to save and improve lives and we also believe that if we continue to get our technology into more of the right hands at the right time, we can save even more lives.”

Thuraya’s previous donations to the ITU have provided a critical path for relief in emergency and disaster situations. Most recently, in 2016, the ITU deployed Thuraya terminals in flood-stricken Sri Lanka. These units were used to support relief and coordination efforts on the ground during the torrential rains that caused loss of lives and destruction to infrastructure.

Hamoui emphasized the need to go beyond the simple provisioning of handsets and terminals: “Yes, we do donate Thuraya terminals, but our contribution doesn’t end there. We also provide additional capacity over the affected area and technical training support. Giving people equipment they don’t know how to use or cannot afford defeats the purpose of the donation.”

ITU Chief, Projects and Knowledge Management Department, Dr. Cosmas Zavazava said: “We thank Thuraya for their generous contribution and continuous support. The role of telecommunications in disaster risk reduction, and response is critical in order to improve preparedness, and the timely flow of crucial information needed for appropriate assistance to be delivered before, during and after a disaster occurs.

“For this reason, we are vigorously forging partnerships with the private sector to organize activities related to disaster mitigation with the aim of saving lives. We are working to help countries to preserve and save human life, as well as create a better life for their citizens. ITU is also supporting countries by ensuring that technology helps in environmental protection, climate change mitigation, and e-waste management. Resilient partnerships such as the one we have with Thuraya help us get results.”

The donation, which includes Thuraya XT- LITE handsets, SatSleeve+ and SatSleeve Hotspot units, meets the demand and requirements of disaster affected regions, it’s transportable, easy to use and easy to deploy. While the Thuraya XT-LITE is the world’s smallest satellite phone, offering seamless walk-and-talk functionality for calls-on-the-go, Thuraya SatSleeve + and HotSpot are the fastest way to transform a smartphone into a satellite smartphone. They provide users with access to phone calls, emails, instant messages and popular social media apps in satellite mode.

Thuraya Telecommunications Company and its long-standing service partner, Xtra-Link, will join forces to co-sponsor the 25th silver anniversary yacht race from Dubai to Muscat in November.

Confirmation of the dates of the race was announced at a press conference held by the United Arab Emirates Sailing & Rowing Federation in association with Oman’s Ministry of Sports Affairs, at the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club. The race is officially recognized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC).

The prestigious event, which is increasingly becoming a firm favorite with sailors from across the globe, will be adjudicated by independent judges from RORC.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, children in schools across Dubai will be engaged in a maritime adventure of their own. Special lessons and demonstrations are being created on how to navigate a boat and a chart, the use of satellite technology, and the importance of safety equipment onboard yachts. Thuraya will share its expertise on these and other topics with children across Dubai.

Keith Murray, Thuraya Product Manager, Maritime, said: "We are proud to co-sponsor a race that has been running for 25 years and which does Dubai proud. This is a great chance to show children technology in action, linking theory and curriculum with real life here in the UAE. From a corporate responsibility perspective, too, it is good to be able to contribute towards imaginative educational platforms."

As well as helping to create and lead elements of the education project, Thuraya and Xtra-Link voice and data equipment and 30 XT-PRO phones will be used as tracking units for crews taking part in the race.

Hans Kuijt, CEO, Xtra-Link, said: "This will be the eleventh year that I have sailed in the Dubai to Muscat yacht race. It is great to see my friends in the sailing world using Thuraya equipment to stay connected during such a challenging and exciting race."

Tracking units are essential kit, allowing those back on land to track boats in real time, improving crew safety and permitting spectators to follow the race remotely.

Five Thuraya Maritime Atlas IP terminals will be supplied to allow broadband connection to be established by the vessels. Weather reports can be downloaded and sailors will also be able to upload posts onto social media, ensuring a more interactive race for sailors, spectators and schools.

The Thuraya Atlas IP terminals and XT-PRO handsets provide robust, versatile and cost-effective communications in the harsh maritime environment, providing vital communication and giving peace of mind in case anything does go wrong.

Murray said: "Thuraya has built a maritime portfolio to match the needs and requirements of those working in maritime markets. Our range of robust and reliable voice and data products and services continue to keep crew and vessels connected at sea."

Thuraya Telecommunications Company announced the election of a new chairman, Eng. Saleh Al Abdooli.

Eng. Saleh Al Abdooli, who has served as chief executive officer of Etisalat UAE since 2012, joined Thuraya's Board of Directors at a Board meeting and was elected chairman.

The chief executive officer of Etisalat UAE, Eng. Saleh Al Abdooli is also the deputy chairman of the Board of Directors, chairman of the executive committee for Etisalat Misr, and a Board Member for Etisalat Services Holding Company. He was recently appointed as Etisalat's representative on the Mobily Board of Directors.

Eng. Al Abdooli said: "Thuraya has gone through a remarkable transformation over the last few years, and I look forward to being involved as it leads into a bright future. Thuraya has a deserved reputation for its innovative products and reliable network, and for the disruptive approach it takes."

Samer Halawi, chief executive officer of Thuraya, said: "We are delighted to welcome Eng. Al Abdooli to the Board of Directors as our new chairman. As we are now defining our plans for the future, his considerable experience and leadership will be of great value as we move into the next phase of our development."

Eng. Saleh Al Abdooli designed and launched the first 3G network in the Middle East and Africa, in December 2003. He has been associated with the Etisalat Group since 1992, where he has been pivotal in creating technological integration strategies as well as corporate and global expansion investments.

Eng. Saleh Al Abdooli has previously served as chairman of the Etisalat Group's technical committee, which oversees its international expansion. He also served as chairman of the committee responsible for preparing Etisalat's proposal to establish the second GSM network in Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Al Abdooli holds a Master's Degree in Telecommunications Technology with Honours and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Thuraya Telecommunications Company launched a dedicated M2M service and terminal that is available across its extensive coverage area and for the first time over North America.

The launch builds on the momentum of existing M2M solutions offered from Thuraya's network of device and application development partners and is part of the company's overall M2M strategy. Thuraya's strategy is founded on the fact that more than one solution is needed to address the requirements of all M2M applications in the future.  Based on the growth of M2M and the coming explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT), Thuraya is developing solutions to address low data rate (LDR), medium data rate (MDR) and high data rate (HDR) requirements for a range of market segments. The launch of this new service addresses the market requirements for the MDR tier of applications.

Working in partnership with ViaSat, Thuraya is expanding the reach of its coverage area to include North America for the first time. The robust IP-based, secure two-way communications M2M network already enables real-time M2M and IoT application deployment beyond the confines of traditional cellular networks. The partnership with ViaSat extends that capability into this key new geographical market.

With the span of sectors it serves, Thuraya is well placed to target key growth areas. There is considerable demand in the mining and oil and gas sectors for high security, low latency real time applications. Mining companies also need reliable network connectivity for tracking assets and ensuring workers' safety. High cyber-security and network availability appeal strongly to the government and security sectors, while Thuraya will also offer the network resiliency and low total cost of ownership being sought by utility companies.

The Thuraya FT2555
The new Thuraya FT2225 (MDR) fixed terminal works on the Thuraya network and on ViaSat's mobile satellite services network, leveraging ViaSat's L-band high capacity satellite system.

The FT2225 terminal offers remarkably efficient bandwidth usage, low-latency IP networking, and high levels of security. It is supported by a market-leading 99.9% service level agreement, and reduces total cost of ownership.

Thuraya already offers a range of third party certified M2M solutions within its LDR service including: the SMC mobile asset tracking; the Seven Technologies remote link for fixed M2M applications; the Ibexis telemetry data logger; and the Digital Barriers seismic sensor mesh network. The list of solutions will be expanded further with the introduction of the FT2225 platform.

 

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Dec 2016

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