Globalstar Expanding Simplex Service to Southern Africa

Globalstar today announced that, in partnership with Broadband Botswana Internet (BBi), construction has commenced on a Globalstar gateway in Gaborone, Botswana.globalstar 1 This gateway will provide Globalstar’s full line of Simplex services, including its SPOT line of affordable personal tracking and life-saving solutions, as well as its line of commercial Simplex tracking and monitoring solutions. Globalstar anticipates that this gateway will be operational by the end of this year and will provide coverage across southern Africa, including the following countries and surrounding blue-ocean areas: Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Madagascar, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Angola, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Burundi and Zambia. The gateway significantly extends Globalstar’s coverage in sub-Saharan Africa and will allow Globalstar to provide a near-global service offering for SPOT and Simplex services.

Sub-Saharan Africa represents a significant new market opportunity and will serve a region with increasing demands for affordable connectivity. With a limited wireline telecommunications network and a highly fragmented cellular infrastructure, Globalstar’s satellite services provide a compelling solution for seamless tracking, monitoring and emergency services. Globalstar will initially target mining and oil & gas applications, personal assets, commercial trucking and animal tracking markets.

Globalstar“We believe that southern Africa is a significant untapped market for our traditional MSS solutions and we thank our partner at BBi for all of their efforts to make this opportunity a reality,” said Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar. “Whether you are going to southern Africa on a safari, work assignment, or to perform humanitarian work, the ability to let your friends, family or colleagues know that you are “ok”, or to summon emergency assistance if you are not, will be only a button-push away. Additionally, for the first time, people and industries in the local area will have access to affordable satellite solutions for personal and asset tracking and we look forward to bringing this service live in just a few months.”

Spotlight on Beam : Lower pricing on docks for your Iridium and Inmarsat satellite phones now available

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We offer a wide range of BEAM products on our website to allow you to use your satellite phone at sea, in your vehicle or office and our pricing has now been updated to offer you even better value. Our BEAM range includes satellite phone docks, antennas and cable kits and more with prices starting from as little as £55 ex VAT.

BEAM-IsatDock-Marine (2)Beam Communications was established by World Reach in 2002, making a substantial investment in the development and manufacturing of Remote Satellite Communications solutions for the global telecommunications market. Beam prides itself on its ability to develop a broad spectrum of market applications and dedicated products, tailored to the needs of vertical markets and industry specific applications throughout the world.

Beam was the first company to design and manufacture a fully compliant POTS emulation phone service for the Iridium Satellite network using its Remote Satellite Terminals. Now one of the leading global manufacturers of satellite communication equipment, Beam offers the widest range of Iridium solutions across all market segments.

If you would like some more information call us on 0800 112 3919 to discuss your requirements.

WiFi Winston brings internet access to remote Africa

BGAN is helping remote African communities to experience the internet for the first time via a vehicle named WiFi Winston.WiFi-Winston

The four-by-four is showcasing the power of connectivity using an Explorer 325 BGAN vehicular terminal, helping underserved communities to see how their lives and work opportunities can be enhanced with internet access.

Winston is three months through a planned nine-month long journey across the country and East Africa, providing free WiFi within a 50 metre radius at each stop.

WiFi for education

The initiative is part of Project Isizwe, a non-profit organization, which aims to bring the internet to communities through free WiFi for public spaces, with a core focus on connectedness for education.

It also aims to encourage local governments to introduce WiFi, helping it to plan, roll-out and maintain free networks.

“Inmarsat’s connectivity is absolutely instrumental to the project. Without connectivity we’re selling the dream without showing them what the dream is,” said Gerrit Scholtz, Winston’s ‘pilot’.

Increase opportunities

“The feedback we’ve been getting back has given us a snapshot of how connectivity can improve people’s life chances in terms of education as well as health and job opportunities. Most commonly people have said they would use WiFi to read more and learn.

“Amazingly the kids wanted to see photos of Nelson Mandela’s funeral. I was almost taken aback when they asked and their enthusiasm to know more about the event was incredibly heartwarming.”

He added: “A few communities have indicated that they would like to take our initial conversations around free WiFi further. Both national and provincial government have placed broadband strategies in place and we’re there to help fulfil their obligations.”

Social media

Inmarsat’s BGAN also enables Project Isizwe to update social media and increase awareness about WiFi Winston through Twitter and Instagram.

James Cemmell, Inmarsat’s Head of Government Affairs, said: “Project Isizwe seeks to eliminate the market failure for connectivity by showcasing the possibilities to excluded communities and creating groundswell demand. The attributes of Inmarsat connectivity – easy to use, very reliable, high availability network – are each advantaged by this project.”

Project Isizwe was founded by e-entrepreneur Alan Knott-Craig, founder of Ever Africa which sells eCommerce, games, education, eBooks and telecoms in Africa.

British Adventurer reaches Stockholm after 29 days in a Hobie Pedal Kayak

Cornthwaite StockholmArrivalBritish adventurer Dave Cornthwaite is now 29 days into the 11th leg of Expedition1000, a project to complete a series of 25 different non-motorised journeys, each a minimum of 1000 miles in distance.

On Wednesday 10th September, Cornthwaite reached the Swedish capital of Stockholm after covering 600 miles along the Oslo Fjord, Sweden’s Bohuslän coast and then across Sweden via the Göta canal, along the way portaging over 60 locks.

In addition to encountering stunning scenery and marine life, Cornthwaite has faced turbulent stormy weather, open water crossings and busy sea traffic, but he is no stranger to overcoming challenges.

His previous journeys include world record distances by stand up paddleboard along the Mississippi and across Australia by skateboard. He also sailed across the Pacific and in 2012swam over 1000 miles down the Missouri River.

We are supporting Dave by supplying him with free airtime for hDeLore inReach ExplorerisDeLorme inReach Explorer satellite tracker. The DeLorme inReach Explorer is the world’s only truly global satellite communicator with built-in navigation, waypoints and routing. It is capable of creating text messages via its virtual keyboard, sending out tracking points that can be viewed online, and transmitting SOS messages – enabling Dave to keep everyone at home updated on his journey via his MapShare page.

To follow the journey please take a look at Dave’s MapShare page or visit his website and facebook page.

Globalstar Launches New Voicemail Service

dsc_0078Globalstar are in the process of launching a brand new voicemail service with considerably advanced features.

On September 26th 2014, this new service will be added to all existing customer lines – if you already have a Globalstar handset all you need to do is call into the Voicemail service and set up your account.

To set up your Globalstar Voicemail Account:

  • Dial *86 from your Globalstar handset
  • OR dial +336 40044111 / +335 82880420 from any other phone

Once you have set up the Voicemail service calls will automatically be forwarded to your new voice mailbox when you are not contactable.

Please be aware that from 26th September 2014, the existing Globalstar Voicemail service will be retired. Saved messages and recordings will not be transferred to the new Voicemail service, therefore, we strongly suggest that you listen to and take note of your voice messages by the 25th September.

From September 26th 2014, you may access messages on the old system by dialling a temporary number (+336 40045957). After November 26th 2014, the temporary number will be discontinued and you will no longer be able to access messages on the old Voicemail system.

Globalstar satellite phones are perfect for customers demanding quick connection times, excellent satellite voice quality and fastest low-band data speeds at an affordable and highly competitive price. If you do not already have a Globalstar phone please click here to find out more and buy yours today.

British Adventurer Begins Mirage Kayak Journey From Oslo to Helsinki

Dave CornthwaiteSince quitting his day job in 2005 British man Dave Cornthwaite has written three books and broken eight world records in the pursuit of an ambitious self-powered goal that has already seen him cover over 18,000 miles around the world. Cornthwaite is now five days into the 11th leg of Expedition1000, a project to complete a series of 25 different non-motorised journeys, each a minimum of 1000 miles in distance.

On Thursday 14th August, Dave left the Norwegian capital of Oslo bound for Helsinki, Finland. He will travel over 1200 miles along the Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish coastlines using a pedal kayak powered by Hobie’s innovative Mirage system, based on the propulsion of penguin flippers.

DeLore inReach ExplorerWe are supporting Dave by supplying him with free airtime for his DeLorme inReach Explorer satellite tracker. The DeLorme inReach Explorer is the world’s only truly global satellite communicator with built-in navigation, waypoints and routing. It is capable of creating text messages via its virtual keyboard, sending out tracking points that can be viewed online, and transmitting SOS messages – enabling Dave to keep everyone at home updated on his journey via his MapShare page.

Cornthwaite is a passionate advocate of encouraging adventure as a way of developing human potential. His motto of ‘make life memorable, say yes more’ has already helped him raise over £100,000 for good causes. He hopes to raise £1 million by the end of his Expedition1000 project.

To follow the journey please take a look at Dave’s MapShare page or visit his website and facebook page.

Round the World in 80 Days: Global Flight Challenge Completed

Dave-McElroyWe are pleased to confirm that GTC customers Dave McElroy and Chris Elgar have completed their global circumnavigation ‘Round The World in 80 Days’ (“RTW-80″) flight from and to Toronto, Canada  in their Piper Comanche aircraft. The final leg of the flight will take them back to Perth, Scotland by which time they would have flown 42,000 nautical miles (78,000 km) and achieved their ambitious target - crossing the Atlantic three times, visiting 6 continents and 57 airports – all in 80 days!

To assist with RTW-80′s flight safety requirements, GTC provided two satellite trackers to enable flight coordinators and followers from all over the world to track the aircraft’s movements and live location online at any time.

The primary satellite tracker provided by GTC was a DeLorme inReach satellite tracker which was configured to send out GPS coordinates every ten minutes throughout the entire trip with all transmissions and movements shown as a breadcrumb trail on our GTCTrack mapping portal. The DeLorme inReach is an award-winning satellite communicator that enables 2-way personal and SOS communication and remote Follow-me/Find-me tracking. Because the inReach transmits via the Iridium satellite network, it provides 100% global coverage, with no gaps or fringe coverage areas enabling the tracker to continuously broadcast Chris & Dave’s location as they circumnavigated the world.

Delorme-inReach-Satellite-TrackerThe DeLorme inReach has recently been approved by Lockheed Martin Flight Services for the LMFS Adverse Condition Alerting Service (ACAS) and Surveillance-Enhanced Search and Rescue. Once an inReach device is enrolled in the free program, pilots filing flight plans with LMFS can receive ACAS alerts of any new or modified adverse conditions, such as severe weather or airport closures, which may arise after the pilot has received an initial briefing and filed the flight plan.

We also provided a SmartOne satellite tracker to use on-board the aircraft throughout the global trip. The SmartOne tracker is a small, standalone unit which was used on RTW-80 without a requirement for external antennas or power. It is one of the most cost effective and popular satellite trackers currently available and can be configured to transmit GPS coordinates from as little as every 5 minutes when in motion. Impressively, the  SmartOne  transmitted throughout the entire journey on just one set of AA lithium batteries and was still going strong when RTW-80 arrived back in Toronto!

Followers of RTW-80 were able to view online the movements of the aircraft using our GTCTrack mapping portal. GTCTrack is a web based integrated satellite and GSM tracking solution, compatible with modern web browsers and works on a multilingual platform that brings together all the positions of every manufactured product under one location and displays and manages them in a single unified interface.RTW80 Tracking

We have watched Chris and Dave’s progress with great interest throughout the journey and would like to congratulate them for completing the ‘Round The World in 80 Days’ challenge and raising important funds and awareness for two fantastic charities:

  • Toronto’s SickKids Hospital Foundation – 200 young lives changed – (Canada)
  • Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance SCAA – 100 lives saved/rescued – (Scotland)

If you would like to make a donation to either charity please visit RTW80′s website where there is plenty more information and links to donate.

 

 

 

 

The Iridium GO! – Available to Buy Next Week

Iridium have announced a brand new product that can turn your smartphone or tablet into a global communications device capable of making reliable voice calls and data connections – anywhere in the world – even when outside of the range of terrestrial networks! The Iridium GO! will be available to buy from our website next week.

Iridium GO!

The fully portable Iridium GO! is a pocket sized device, with military-grade ruggedness and an IP rating of IP65, that enables you to use your smartphone or tablet when you have no access to terrestrial networks to:

  • make voice calls
  • share photos
  • access emails
  • SMS two-way
  • use applications
  • use GPS tracking
  • access social network sites
  • send out SOS alerts

Simply flip up the integrated antenna and the battery-powered unit will connect quickly and automatically to the Iridium LEO satellite constellation to create an anywhere Wi-Fi hotspot within a 30.5m radius.

You can then connect and operate up to 5 devices at a time within this area using the ‘Iridium GO! application’. Iridium have said that the Iridium GO! will be “supported by affordable plans that keep voice and data costs reasonable” with low-end service plans starting at $50 a month and unlimited plans at $132.50 a month (please click here for more information on the Iridium GO! airtime plans that we offer).

You will be able to purchase the Iridium GO! from our website next week.

IsatPhone Firmware Upgrade 5.6.1

Download the latest Inmarsat firmware upgrade from our website by clicking here.

Inmarsat-Satellite-Network-LogoFor users of 5.3.0 or higher this is a recommended upgrade, meaning that the features introduced by the firmware are important but not critical for the GSPS service, including the network and the IsatPhone Pro handset. For users who have not yet upgraded to version 5.3.0 or higher, this upgrade to 5.6.1 is considered ‘mandatory’ to avoid the phone becoming non-operational.

Pre-requisites for installation and advice after installation

  • The handset must be running firmware version 3.0.2 or above (you do not need to install all firmware versions between 3.0.2 and 5.5.1).
  • To check your phone’s firmware version, go to menu > settings > about > firmware version. In order to upgrade the handset’s firmware you must have a PC running Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP.
  • For Windows 7 users, the latest version of USB drivers and IsatPhone Pro’s firmware upgrade tool must be installed. Please read the installation guides for the firmware upgrade tool and USB drivers which are also downloadable from the website.
  • Once the phone is upgraded to version 5.6.1, do not downgrade to a version prior to 3.0.5a. If this downgrade is performed, phone book contacts and messages will be erased and call logs (dialled, received, and missed) will not be updated.

To install IsatPhone Pro firmware 5.6.1

  • Ensure that USB drivers and the firmware upgrade tool are installed on your PC.
  • Double-click on Inmarsat’s firmware upgrade tool and follow on – screen instructions.

The firmware upgrade will take approximately 15 minutes. After installation, you can check the firmware version by switching on the phone and selecting menu > settings > about > firmware version.

Fixes and enhancements in this release

Important enhancements:

  • Enhancement to GPS status feedback.

Important fixes:

  • Removes the requirement for a manual work-around in situations where a brand-new or never before used IsatPhone Pro handset fails to register with the network.
  • Resolution of sporadic events where the IsatPhone Pro handset hangs and needs to be re-booted when GPS fix is not acquired.
  • Resolution of reported sporadic events of IsatPhone Pro handset hanging and needing to be re-booted during satellite search, number dialling or during calls.

You can download the latest Inmarsat firmware upgrade from our website here.

Changes to Inmarsat Airtime Plans

Inmarsat-Satellite-Network-LogoIn response to recent changes brought in by Inmarsat there will be adjustments to both IsatPhone pre-paid and post-paid airtime plans in the coming months.  Please note these changes apply to existing and new customers and we advise customers to read the following information carefully to get the best value from their Inmarsat equipment in the future.

If you have any questions at all about how these changes affect you please do not hesitate to contact us.

IsatPhone Pro Pre-Paid Airtime with effect from 1 September 2014

Inmarsat are changing the validity and pricing of pre-paid vouchers as shown below.

    • All pre-paid call charges that were 1.0 units per minute will increase to 1.3 units per minute
    • This means that a 500 unit voucher will have 384 minutes of voice to PSTN.
    • This impacts Existing & New Activations
    • There will be no increase in pricing

Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro Post-Paid Airtime with effect from 1 September 2014

Inmarsat are changing the pricing of the standard post-paid plan. Please note that existing customers on the standard plan will see increases in their monthly fee.

    • IsatPhone Pro Standard Plan monthly fee increased to $35
    • No change to allowance (still includes 10 minutes)
    • This impacts Existing & New Activations

To compare the latest IsatPhone contracts please visit our website.

If you have any questions on how the changes impact you please ring us on 01202 801290.