First Apple iOS App Available on Iridium

Free Application Optimizes Email and Internet Services for Faster Data Speeds for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches Anywhere in the World

Iridium Communications Inc. announces that its Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web App is now available for Apple operating system (iOS) devices. This development makes it possible for devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch to connect over the world’s furthest reaching communications network, Iridium.

The company launched the Iridium AxcessPoint Wi-Fi hotspot with BlackBerry support, as well as with apps for Mac and Windows laptops, in September 2011. With today’s app rollout, Iridium continues to expand the universe of smartphones that can now communicate on 90 percent of the planet not covered by traditional wireless networks.

“Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web now provides a reliable email and Internet connection anywhere in the world for the more than 250 million Apple iOS device users,” said Joel Thompson, vice president, product management, Iridium. “This first-of-its-kind capability embodies our Iridium Force vision — Iridium’s commitment to extending handheld connectivity in places never before possible and through devices customers already own. More and more we see enterprise, government and NGO organizations requiring connectivity for their employees regardless of their location on the planet.”

The Iridium AxcessPoint Wi-Fi hotspot accessory is a portable and lightweight modem that easily connects devices to Iridium using an Iridium Extreme or Iridium 9555 satellite phone. It is available through the global Iridium partner ecosystem with a suggested retail price of less than $200 (USD). The free Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web App for Apple devices is available on Apple’s iTunes store.

Iridium AxcessPoint app for Iridium Extreme & Iridium 9555 satellite phones

Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web App available now from the iTunes store

Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web features built-in firewall protection to block extraneous Internet traffic providing data speeds up to five times faster for web browsing and 15 times faster for email. This optimization software allows for offline viewing and composition of emails. It also enables configuration and filtering of large data files and attachments, as well as mid-file restart of attachment transfers if required.

Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web is part of the Iridium AxcessPoint suite of products. This Wi-Fi suite includes the Iridium AxcessPoint Wi-Fi hotspot accessory and the Iridium AxcessPoint Connect downloadable application. Iridium AxcessPoint Connect turns any Windows laptop into a global Wi-Fi hotspot when connected to an Iridium Extreme or Iridium 9555 satellite phone.

In order to use the Iridium AxcessPoint Wi-Fi hotspot accessory and Apple iOS app for Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web, users must have an Iridium 9555 or Iridium Extreme satellite phone with a valid subscription. Standard usage fees for airtime are charged. To purchase a satellite phone or Iridium AxcessPoint accessory, visit www.globaltelesat.co.uk. In addition, users should go to www.iridiumaxcesspoint.com to register for the Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web App and receive full set-up instructions for their device.

Globalstar Signs Agreement With Thales Alenia Space to Return Second-Generation Satellite to Service

Globalstar, a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services to businesses, governments and consumers, and satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space today announced the signing of an agreement to develop satellite software to enhance operations of the Globalstar second generation satellites. As Globalstar has previously announced, one of twelve new second-generation satellites that have been launched is not currently providing service due to an issue with two of its momentum wheels. According to the agreement announced today, Thales Alenia Space will develop and provide the software necessary to adapt the in-flight configuration for this satellite, allowing it to return to service and sustain operations compliant with the objectives of its 15-year mission. This solution is expected to be implemented in stages over the coming months and is intended to be available for other satellites, if they experience similar issues in the future.

“Following weeks of simulations, design analysis and discussions with Thales Alenia Space, we welcome Thales’ agreement to develop a solution that should enable the affected satellite to return to full service and accomplish its primary mission of providing 15 years of high quality mobile satellite voice and data services,” said Tony Navarra, President of Global Operations for Globalstar, Inc.

“Thales Alenia Space has allocated major skilled resources to this development, which would allow Globalstar to operate the satellite even with this wheel anomaly. This software, after full validation on Thales Alenia Space Software and Avionics test benches, will be then uploaded in flight, thanks to on board computer capability. It will also be available for other satellites, if needed, to help ensure their expected lifetime,” said Michel Fiat, CTO of Thales Alenia Space.

Globalstar is also in the final decision-making period for its third satellite launch currently scheduled for December and expects to announce updated launch information shortly.

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new and improved website at www.globaltelesat.co.uk. As well as a fresh new look and improved navigation options we have a number of new exciting features including:

  • Airtime options alongside product details
  • Offers now available to buy online
  • New buying guides
  • Online order tracking
  • Improved search facility
  • New product ranges coming soon

NEW FEATURES INCLUDE:

Airtime information now available alongside product details

View Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go airtime options alongside equipment information to ensure you have all the relevant information in one place.

Offers now available to buy online

Our offers can now be purchased online making it even easier to save with Global Telesat Communications. View our latest offers…

New buying guides

You can now find buying guides on tracking devices, satellite phone and terminal rental and fixed satellite phones in addition to our existing satellite phone and satellite broadband guides. View our Buying Guides…

Online order tracking

You can now track the progress of your current orders online as well as view your order history.

Improved search facility

Search for products by network straight from our homepage or search for individual products with our search feature’s improved accuracy. Search for satellite communications products…

New product ranges coming soon

We will shortly be expanding our online product range to include GSM tracking products, handheld GPS devices and land radios.