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.

Ooredoo and Arab Satellite Communication Organization (Arabsat) have signed a major strategic partnership agreement that will see the two leading companies work together to develop new satellite services for customers.

Under the terms of the agreement, Ooredoo and Arabsat will review the current satellite projects they have in progress, with a view to collaborating on technology and design, and will aim to work together on future projects to deliver cutting-edge satellite services.

In particular, they will look to collaborate on new VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services, as demand rises for the innovative technology in Qatar and across the region.

VSAT services, which provide internet services via a small satellite dish, are being increasingly deployed for a wide range of applications, including point-of-sales transactions, data processing, and high speed internet access for sites and offices in remote locations.

Waleed Al-Sayed, chief executive officer, Ooredoo Qatar, said: "Ooredoo continues to grow our global network of world-class partners in every area, as we look to increase the range and diversity of ICT services that we offer. As one of the world's top satellite operators, Arabsat has developed a reputation for delivering cutting-edge services, so we see strong potential to work with them to deliver robust solutions for our customers."

Khalid Balkheyour, President and CEO, Arabsat, said: "We are very pleased to be working with Ooredoo to collaborate on the development of new and improved satellite services. As companies look for reliable global connectivity and connection, we see significant opportunities for Ooredoo and Arabsat to be their provider of choice."

Ooredoo offers one of the most advanced portfolios of satellite services of any operator in the region, as it continues to build its position as a leading integrated ICT provider. In particular, the company has seen strong demand for advanced services in recent months such as Bandwidth Pooling, Maritime Solutions, and Auto-Acquire Antennas to support ad-hoc remote broadband.

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