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Global companies in deal to offer satellite-based broadband services to Asia

Veronica C. Silva | July 15, 2013
Using Thuraya’s satellite services, Astirum offers a range of full services to customers in the region and beyond.

Two global companies originating from the Middle East and Europe have come together to offer satellite-based broadband services to Asia-based companies. 

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a mobile satellite provider based in Dubai, and Astrium Services, a member of the EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V.) that is based in Europe, have announced that they are expanding their partnership to offer satellite-based services in Asia and global companies.  

Astrium Services will be tapping Thuraya’s satellite-based services to offer Asian companies a full range of services, such as messaging, prepaid cards and interconnection. 

The two companies have been partners for more than 13 years, but the announcement is for a strengthened partnership to address the Asian market and other global customers. Astrium said the expanded partnership will further widen their services’ commercial footprint and reach out to a more diverse set of customers as well as service partners globally.

The announcement came at the heels of Thuraya recently launching its IP+, SatSleeve and Maritime Broadband (MBB) services. 

Danny Côté, head, Business Communications Enterprise, Astrium Services said they see “strong potential from Thuraya’s new services as they are “highly anticipated by our customers.” 

“We see potential growth coming from Thuraya IP+ in the broadcast media and government sectors, where there is a need for a portable, lightweight terminal as well as additional security for the people who are working in these demanding locations,” said Côté. 

Bilal El Hamoui, acting vice president, Distribution, Thuraya, said the renewed partnership with Astrium will “drive distribution of Thuraya’s voice, land and maritime products and services to an even wider spectrum of global customers and service partners.” 


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