Thrane & Thrane signs up as Inmarsat Global Xpress launch manufacturer

Thrane & Thrane has signed an agreement to be a key launch manufacturer for Inmarsat‘s forthcoming Global Xpress service. The new Ka-band satellite Internet service is expected to go live in 2013, offering download speeds of up to 50Mbps. Thrane & Thrane will add the new terminals to its Sailor range for Global Xpress customers in the maritime market.

Thrane & Thrane has shipped more than 20,000 Sailor FleetBroadband terminals since the launch of Inmarsat’s current flagship service in November 2007. As a Global Xpress launch manufacturer, Thrane & Thrane is uniquely positioned to offer high-quality L-/Ka-band combination packages in line with Inmarsat’s expectations.

New IsatPhone Pro Firmware Update Available

Inmarsat have launched a new firmware update for the IsatPhone Pro.  This upgrade provides enhancements to DTMF signalling. This is used for such services as telephone banking and 2 stage dialling. The upgrade also includes an enhancement to text message receipt timing for the IsatPhone Pro user.

Available to download fro our website now: http://www.globaltelesat.co.uk/satphone/Inmarsat_IsatPhone_Pro_Support.html

Globalstar Sees Rapid Growth in Satellite Data as It Now Processes Over 6.5 Million Simplex Messages Per Week

Globalstar’s Satellite Simplex Data Network Provides Affordable High Quality M2M Global Asset Tracking, Remote Data Monitoring and GPS Messaging for Commercial Enterprise and Recreational Customers

 

Globalstar, a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services to businesses, government and consumers, today announced that its satellite-based Simplex data network processed an average of over 6.5 million messages per week during the past four weeks. This number represents an increase in global Simplex data traffic of approximately 50 percent compared with the average number of weekly Simplex messages the Company processed in January of 2010.

Globalstar provides highly reliable satellite-based Simplex data M2M solutions for a variety of asset-tracking and data monitoring applications for enterprise and government customers. The Company’s SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger also utilizes the Simplex data network to provide recreational consumers with web-based GPS tracking and messaging, even when they are far beyond the range of terrestrial mobile networks.

“Customers who simply want to track or monitor the condition of mobile assets virtually anywhere are surprised to learn of the affordability of our low cost but highly reliable solution that operates from some of the most remote regions around the globe,’” said Steve Smits, VP of International Sales and Marketing for Globalstar, Inc. “The low cost of acquisition combined with our affordable data rates make Globalstar an attractive solution for customers looking to effectively track everything from heavy equipment, vehicles and cargo containers to livestock and remote workers. Even as we launch our new constellation of satellites and restore our voice and duplex data services, we want to re-emphasize our commitment to providing innovative and affordable Simplex data M2M and SPOT retail solutions to this important and fast growing segment of the mobile satellite services marketplace.”

Globalstar provides enterprise hardware solutions such as the Globalstar MMT to monitor on a daily basis the condition, or verify the location of, heavy construction equipment and other high value assets such as drilling equipment used in the oil and gas industry. The MMT, is a totally wireless device combining the latest Globalstar Simplex satellite, GPS and RF technologies with innovative battery design to deliver a “place-and-play”, long service life solution. Globalstar’s SmartOne solution is used to track the location or condition of assets such as cargo containers or oil well sites as often as every five to ten minutes. Designed for the intelligent management of powered and non-powered fixed and movable assets, SmartOne is a practical solution for engine runtime reporting and major fault monitoring applications. Value added resellers or VARs provide specialized back office solutions to interpret and customize the data being received from the remote assets via the Globalstar data network.

Iridium Surpasses 500,000 Subscribers Worldwide

Iridium Communications Inc. today announced that it has reached 500,000 total billable subscribers for its satellite voice and data services worldwide. The number is comprised of approximately 90 percent commercial customers and 10 percent U.S. Government customers.

“Our consistent double-digit growth in subscribers — more than 25 percent growth every year for the last five years — is a reflection of our global network reach, our service offerings enabling important connections, and our expanding partner ecosystem,” said Matt Desch, CEO, Iridium. “This milestone demonstrates how far we’ve evolved over the last 10 years from a supplier of mobile satellite phones for niche markets into a global communications company connecting anyone and anything, all over the world, in ways and places in which they expect to be connected.”

Desch noted that one of the primary reasons behind Iridium’s dramatic rate of subscriber growth is the emerging machine-to-machine (M2M) data market. The company’s second-quarter 2011 earnings showed that M2M data subscribers now represent 32 percent of billable commercial subscribers and 21 percent of billable government subscribers.

“Low-data-rate mobile satellite devices are projected to grow by more than 20 percent annually to more than 3.7 million units in service by the end of 2015,” said Tim Farrar, president of TMF Associates. “Iridium’s low-cost short-burst data (SBD) transceiver and partnerships with established world-class players in the mobile data industry will further accelerate Iridium’s already rapid growth in the M2M sector.”

“We are much like our terrestrial mobile communications peers, with data products and services representing the biggest source of incremental growth,” Desch said. “It’s also important to note that our voice products and services are continuing to grow, which we recently highlighted in our Iridium Force personal communications portfolio expansion announcement. We are making inroads into largely untapped enterprise and consumer sectors, while at the same time continuing to grow market share in our traditional vertical segments.”

Iridium NEXT, the company’s next-generation network, will bring even more capabilities and capacity for the company’s growing customer base.

“There is a tremendous potential for continued growth in mobile satellite connections around the world as terrestrial wireless networks cover less than 10 percent of the Earth’s surface,” added Desch. “We do a great job connecting the remaining 90 percent.”

Introducing the new Iridium 9575 Extreme

Iridium 9575 Extreme

The new portable satellite phone from Iridium - 9575 Extreme

Iridium have today announced their new handset, the Iridium 9575 Extreme.  The new Iridium sat phone is built with the same reliable voice and data capability that users have come to trust from the only truly global satellite network.  In a world first this handset combines voice, data and SMS capabilities with the following new features:

  • GPS-enabled location-based services
  • SOS Emergency Button
  • Online Tracking
  • Accessories to create instant Wi-Fi hotspots

The Iridium 9575 Extreme will be available for £875 ex VAT from Global Telesat Communications.  Find out more at our website.