Thuraya Telecommunications Company has won Telecom Review’s Satellite Operator of the Year Award at the seventh annual “It’s All About Smart Networking” Summit in Dubai.

The award recognizes a successful year of innovation, extension into new markets, and the declaration of unique and progressive next generation capability plans. With FUTURA, and its clear roadmap for growth, Thuraya is set to become the provider of choice for unified connectivity. Extending its groundbreaking product portfolio with the launch of XT-PRO DUAL, Thuraya created the world’s first dual mode, dual SIM phone. It also introduced IP Commander, the world’s most rugged vehicular terminal; and the FT2225 M2M terminal, which extended reach into North America, operating over ViaSat’s L-band MSS network and Thuraya’s coverage area.

New agreements and partnerships opened exciting new markets in the Maldives, Vietnam, and the Black Sea. Thuraya also adopted a notably revolutionary approach to the wearables market, with the WiCis-Sports app running on a Thuraya SatSleeve+ on expeditions to Nepal and K2.

Thuraya is also shortening its development cycle, generating better opportunities and creating products that get to market more quickly. Thuraya’s partners enjoy easy access to hardware and software development platforms along with the documentation and support they need to develop innovative and state-of-the-art products and solutions.

Toni Eid, chief executive officer of Trace Media International, said: “Thuraya has been recognized for its innovative approach to every aspect of its business. Its products are groundbreaking and market leading. Its ambitions are clear, and Thuraya is well placed to embrace the new opportunities it is creating for itself with the finalization of its next generation capability plans.”

Samer Halawi, chief executive officer of Thuraya said: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award, because it recognizes that Thuraya offers a compelling alternative. Our approach is to innovate, disrupt and redefine, and we will always be sure to respond to changing market demands by offering something different from what is already available. The fact that also the application of our technology undoubtedly saves and improves lives is both a humbling privilege and a tremendous responsibility.”

Leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator Thuraya Telecommunications made further advances in satellite phone capability with the launch of the world's first dual mode, dual SIM phone.

The Thuraya XT-PRO DUAL bridges the gap between satellite and terrestrial communications, allowing users to move seamlessly in and out of terrestrial coverage to enjoy connectivity in any location. With a dedicated SIM slot for satellite communications and a second one for GSM communications, Thuraya's latest groundbreaking handset transforms usability and choice. Users can opt for a Thuraya SIM card and their GSM card, or select any combination of SIM cards that meets their requirements.

Versatility has been taken to unprecedented levels, too. The new handset's 'Always On' capability lets users alternate between calls effortlessly, ensuring they are always reachable on both the satellite and the terrestrial networks. Callers can be contacted on their GSM number even while on an active satellite call - and vice versa.

Bilal Hamoui, chief commercial officer at Thuraya, said: "The XT-PRO DUAL represents a major advance in convergence. This is the world's best satellite phone. Its dual SIM, dual mode capability delivers unprecedented flexibility, which opens up new levels of value to end users. Once again, Thuraya has delivered a dramatic step forward in satellite communications capability, driven by market demands."

Thuraya's superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two thirds of the globe by satellite and across the whole planet through its unique GSM roaming capabilities, with 389 agreements already in place.

Thuraya continues to add new channels to market and extend existing partnerships. Hamoui said: "MNOs (mobile network operators) around the world can offer their customers a first-of-a-kind service focusing on the benefits of being constantly connected, even when traveling."

The Thuraya XT-PRO DUAL is designed for users who frequently move in and out of terrestrial coverage, like government missions, and oil and gas refinery and exploration companies, both on and offshore. The world's most advanced satellite phone will also appeal to NGOs, SMEs and large scale enterprise companies, as well as VIPs and consumers alike.

Thuraya's comprehensive satellite network provides reliable, clear and uninterrupted communications in more than 160 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia; and in GSM-mode the Thuraya XT-PRO DUAL supports most 2G/3G frequencies across the world.

The emphasis on flexibility continues with the Thuraya XT-PRO DUAL's advanced navigation capabilities through GPS, BeiDou, Glonass and Galileo. Users of the Thuraya XT-PRO DUAL can also share current coordinates, enter waypoints to navigate to specific positions using the electronic compass, and use position logging.

In another industry first, the handset's advanced tracking capabilities offer three different options, based on preset time intervals, distance travelled, and detection of movement outside a preset geofence. The geofencing process is simplicity itself, using any three to seven coordinates of the user's choice. For full and secure control, all tracking functions are user-activated, and cannot be initiated or controlled by unwelcome external entities.

The Thuraya XT-PRO DUAL's battery delivers up to 11 hours of talk and 100 hours of standby time. Performance and reliability are further enhanced by the SOS emergency button. The handset also benefits from a highly ruggedized shockproof, water and dust resistant body, and glare resistant Gorilla glass display.

Thuraya Telecommunications has signed an agreement with VNPT VinaPhone making its land and maritime handsets available to the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT). Thuraya's first service agreement in Vietnam is helping VNPT VinaPhone establish satellite services, which was marked by a ceremony attended by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on 4th August 2016.

This agreement will extend VNPT VinaPhone's coverage to two thirds of the world by utilizing Thuraya's robust and reliable network. It will also give VNPT VinaPhone 100% coverage over Vietnam's territory including its islands.  With the satellite mobile and postpaid VinaPhone SIM, customers can easily make voice calls, send SMS, use GPS and stay in touch from any place in Vietnam. This overcomes terrestrial limitations caused by distance, infrastructure, weather or geography.

In its initial launch phase, VNPT will introduce Thuraya's XT-Lite handsets and maritime communication solution SF2500 for Vietnamese consumers, government agencies and enterprise customers. For government agencies, mobile satellite services are an effective solution to manage and monitor forest rangers and coast guards, allowing them to assist people on the borders and the islands. This is vitally important during natural disasters, when terrestrial networks cease to operate.

For businesses, VNPT will ensure continuous uninterrupted communications for enterprises and their crews in the mining, fishery, transport, construction and tourism industries. Individual customers will also benefit from satellite services, especially those who are constantly on the move or working in areas without cellular networks.

Thuraya's XT-Lite is the world's best value satellite phone. It is very easy to use and allows the user to make phone calls and send SMS messages in satellite mode, whether sailing at sea or climbing mountains. The Thuraya SF2500 is a voice satellite terminal that enables users to make voice calls through the Thuraya satellite network with ease. SF2500 combines voice capabilities, crew calling, GPS tracking, geo-fencing and SMS services in a compact, cost-effective package designed for small- and medium-sized vessels.

Thuraya Telecommunications company reached out to Emirati senior citizens at the Al Thukher Social Club in Dubai to show appreciation and gratitude to those that helped shape and create the nation.

In commemoration of The UAE's 44th National Day, and as a reminder of the company's commitment to the Emirati community, Thuraya staff spent quality time with senior citizens discussing the nation's innovative plans for the future and listening to tales of days gone by.

Thuraya's Fahad Kahoor, director, Market Development, Energy & VIP, said: "Spending quality time with the senior citizens at Al Thukher Social Club was a very special day for us. It was a day when we had the chance to meet our elderly citizens and to express our gratitude for their contribution to our society and to our country. Meeting these Emirati senior citizens reminds us how much we are indebted to them because along with our great leaders, these citizens have contributed to the overall vision that has made our nation great."

As well as presenting the senior citizens with gifts and mementos, staff also shared their own Thuraya stories of ‎innovation and ‎success.

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