Thuraya announce their latest sat phone, Thuraya XT-LITE

 

Thuraya have launched their latest satellite phone, Thuraya XT-LITE building on the popularity of the Thuraya XT at a more attractive price of just £295 ex VAT.

This compact new handset can be used to make and receive calls and send SMS in approximately 160 countries or two-thirds of the globe.  It’s small size doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the practical aspects of owning a satellite phone – it boasts an excellent battery life which provides up to six hours talk time and up to 80 hours standby time.

Both contract and pay as you go options are available on the handset making it a flexible option for those on a budget – SIM cards start from £20 ex VAT and call charges from 68p ex VAT per minute.*

We will receive our first stock just after Christmas, order online today to get one of the first handsets!

Thuraya Satellite Coverage

Thuraya Satellite Coverage

*Based on calls made in Thuraya NOVA Zone.  Please contact us for advice on which tariff is best for you.

DeLorme inReach initiates emergency medi-vac from Atlantic Odyssey Sailing Rally

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Cocojet III. Picture courtesy of Cornell Sailing.

A participant in Cornell Sailing’s Atlantic Odyssey had to be evacuated from his catamaran on Saturday.  Nicolas Hauzy was attempting to fix a fault in the hydraulic steering on Cocojet III when he fell and broke his ankle.  The crew of the catamaran immediately initiated the SOS function on their DeLorme inReach provided by Cornell Sailing, the race organisers.

Global Telesat Communications supplied inReach Satellite Trackers to the race organisers for last year’s inaugural race to allow followers of the rally to keep an eye on race progress.  It was hoped that the SOS button on the trackers would never be used but in this situation proved to be vital in alerting the organisers of the accident.

Cornell Sailing said “Within minutes of the emergency message being received, the Atlantic Odyssey organisers and Cross Gris-Nez, the French Operational Rescue Center which coordinates SAR operations, were in touch with the crew of Cocojet III to ascertain that there was no immediate risk to life or the boat.”

Nicolas was evacuated from the catamaran onto the nearby passenger cruise ship Saga Pearl II which diverted its route to meet Cocojet III at 2300 UTC  on Saturday 22 November.

For this event the SOS button diverts directly to emergency contacts set-up by the race organisers.  As standard the SOS button would alert the GEOS Emergency Response Center which would then communicate with emergency contacts and initiate a rescue.

Atlantic Odyssey is an annual even organised by Cornell Sailing which left Lanzarote on Sunday 16 November bound for Martinique.  Earlier in the trip Cocojet III posted a video showing a beautiful sunset and dolphins swimming alongside the catamaran:

We wish Nicolas a speedy recovery!

End of production for IsatPhone Pro

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As manufacture of the IsatPhone Pro comes to an end we discuss the future for users of the handsets and alternative sat phones on the market.

In 2010, IsatPhone Pro was launched marking Inmarsat’s entry into the global handheld satphone market. Now, after four successful years, Inmarsat is announcing the end of production for IsatPhone Pro.

Although Inmarsat have stopped manufacturing IsatPhone Pro, GTC currently still hold stock of the handset so please contact us if you wish to place an order.

With the end of manufacture of the handset will also come a stop to production of the accessories.  We also hold these in stock, please see our range of IsatPhone Pro accessories if you wish to place an order.

Inmarsat will continue to provide customer support and firmware upgrades to correct critical issues that may arise with IsatPhone Pro products in the field until further notice. As a reminder, IsatPhone Pro handsets must be upgraded to firmware v 5.3.0 or higher by 30 November 2014 to ensure continuation of service.

Visit GTC Support for instructions on how to upgrade your IsatPhone Pro.

What are the alternative sat phones on the market?

IsatPhone 2

IsatPhone 2

Inmarsat IsatPhone 2

Of course the Inmarsat IsatPhone 2 is a great alternative to the IsatPhone Pro – with all the same voice and SMS features the IsatPhone 2 comes with the added bonus of a built in GPS tracker.

The GPS tracking can be combined with our GTCTrack mapping to enable detailed monitoring of the user.

With global coverage excluding the poles the IsatPhone 2 is a great all in one device for the global traveller.

IsatPhone 2 pricing starts from £520 ex VAT.

Globalstar GSP-1700

One advantage of the IsatPhone handsets is the affordable cost of airtime and handsets.  Looking to other satellite networks Globalstar also offers an excellent value for money sat phone, the GSP-1700.

GlobalstarWith inclusive plans offering voice and data calls for as little as €0.15 per minute, the lowest handset prices in the market and the only 2nd generation satellite constellation, Globalstar satellite phones are hard to beat.

The Globalstar GSP-1700 is great for customers demanding quick connection times, excellent satellite voice quality and fastest low-band data speeds at an affordable and highly competitive price.

Globalstar satellite phones were the choice of the organisers of the Tour de France 2014 who used the phones during the UK leg to stay connected.

Globalstar sat phone prices start from just £225 ex VAT.

IsatHub

Inmarsat’s latest product – IsatHub

Inmarsat IsatHub

For those looking to the latest gadgets the IsatHub is also a great alternative to a satellite phone.  Also in the Inmarsat family of products IsatHub is a revolutionary new device which allows you to connect your normal mobile phone or tablet via WiFi in order to make and receive calls, texts and browse the internet via satellite.

IsatHub has just been launched and we are one of a few retailers to currently hold stock.  Contact us to place an order or see our blog The Inmarsat IsatHub Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspot Has Arrived for further information on the device.

As always we would like to answer any questions you may have on the end of life of the IsatPhone or any of the products mentioned above.

Tour de France Selects Globalstar Satellite Phones to Stay in Touch

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The agreement for the supply of satellite phones for the Tour de France was spearheaded by Global Telesat Communications (GTC) , a leading provider of satellite communications solutions, and a key Globalstar distribution partner.

  • Organisers of the world’s greatest bicycle road race choose Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phones
  • 100 handsets to provide vital support for ground operations in the UK
  • Tour de France team taking advantage of Globalstar’s flexible airtime options

Dublin, Ireland – 3rd July, 2014 – Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd.,a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSAT), today announced that Tour de France organisers have selected Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phone for their communications across the UK leg of the world’s most prestigious bicycle road race.

The organising committee will be using 100 of Globalstar’s flagship satellite phone, the GSP-1700, to provide clear and reliable communications across the UK Stage 3 leg of the race – a new part of the Tour introduced for 2014.  These will be used by members of the organising team, as well as by support and emergency crew.

Globalstar GSP-1700

Globalstar GSP-1700 Satellite Phone

Taking place Saturday July 5th to Sunday July 27th 2014, the 101st Tour de France consists of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,664 kilometres. For the first time, the race begins in Yorkshire in the UK, with Stage 1 travelling from Leeds to Harrogate, for a 20th Grand Départ abroad. The race then heads south with London rounding off Stage 3 on July 7th. The Tour de France will also go through Belgium and Spain.

Globalstar’s satellite phones were selected for their ability to deliver clear reliable voice and data communications, including in regions where mobile reach is limited or non-existent.

The agreement for the supply of satellite phones for the Tour de France was spearheaded by Global Telesat Communications (GTC) , a leading provider of satellite communications solutions, and a key Globalstar distribution partner. GTC Managing Director David Phipps commented: “It is a great honour to be selected as supplier to the Tour de France to supply their mission-critical satellite communications. We’re proud to support such a celebrated event with a world-class satellite solution from Globalstar.”

Gavan Murphy, Director of Marketing at Globalstar Europe, said: “The Tour de France has to run its operations like clockwork and reliable communications in any location is critical. This is one of the world’s greatest sporting events and we are delighted that our state-of-the-art satellite network and handsets are helping the organisers stay connected.”

Globalstar’s flagship GSP-1700 satellite phone is a small lightweight consumer-friendly handset offering the fastest handheld data speeds available in the satcoms space and delivering the best voice quality in the market. Users of Globalstar solutions uniquely benefit from the world’s only second generation satellite network in orbit, offering latency-free crystal clear call quality.

In January this year, Globalstar launched its pre-pay service in the European region, the lowest cost pre-paid service in the mobile satellite services (MSS) space. The pre-paid service is available in 10 different card denominations from 50 to 1,000 minutes. Customers who simply want to use the phone for themselves can use personal cards while shared pre-paid cards are for those who share their phone with colleagues or friends.

In April, Globalstar launched its “Free Phones For All” campaign, an ambitious rebate programme offering cashback of up to €500 on every new GSP-1700 satellite phone bought with a post-paid contract from participating dealers in EMENA (Europe, Middle East, North Africa). Customers buying the GSP-1700 can effectively have their phone for free while enjoying market-beating high quality voice and data services.

About Globalstar, Inc.
Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Globalstar offers these services to commercial and recreational users in more than 120 countries around the world. The company’s products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, simplex and duplex satellite data modems and flexible service packages. Many land based and maritime industries benefit from Globalstar with increased productivity from remote areas beyond cellular and landline service. Globalstar customer segments include: oil and gas, government, mining, forestry, commercial fishing, utilities, military, transportation, heavy construction, emergency preparedness, and business continuity as well as individual recreational users. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA applications.

For more information and a list of dealers and retailers, visit www.globalstar.com.

For media information please contact:

Gavan Murphy

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd.

gavan.murphy@globalstar.com

Rachel Postlethwaite

White Tiger Communications

globalstarteam@whitetigercommunications.net

+44 (0)7949 883636

Your chance to win a SPOT 2 Satellite Messenger

SPOT recently announced their 3000th rescue and to celebrate here at www.globaltelesat.co.uk we are offering one lucky winner a SPOT 2 Satellite GPS Messenger all of their own worth £96!

The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger provides a vital line of communication with friends and family when you want it, and emergency assistance when you need it. Using 100% satellite technology, SPOT works virtually anywhere in the world, even where mobile phones don’t – all with the push of a button.

To enter all you have to do is like and share our competition Facebook post.

SPOT 2 could be yours!

SPOT 2 could be yours!

SPOT really is a life-saving device – let’s take the case of Manfred Tennstedt who in February this year had was sailing with two friends across the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to Guadeloupe in a 39-foot sailing boat, Bribon II, when the boat’s rudder broke. After assessing the situation, Manfred pressed the emergency button on his SPOT to alert emergency services and fortunately five hours after the initial distress signal, all three crew were safely back on land.

Tennstedt commented, “We had decided to take a SPOT so that family and friends could track our every move on the trip, not intending to use it for a rescue. As it was, we were very happy with the way things turned out. Our friends and family back in England and Austria were kept apprised of every step of the rescue and felt reassured about our wellbeing.”

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 Terms:

Prize winner is eligible for one SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger (SPOT 2) and shipping to any address in the UK.

The prize does not include annual subscription which is required to enable the device to transmit messages.  Annual subscription plans are available from €99 per year at www.findmespot.com.

Winner will be named on our Facebook page on 1 July 2014.  We will contact the winner via Facebook to arrange delivery.

Inmarsat BGAN helps deliver healthcare to remote areas in two innovative cases

BGAN satellite broadband is being used to improve high mortality rates and maternity care in the Amazon and West Africa.

TSF deploys BGAN in the Amazon

TSF deploys BGAN in the Amazon

In the Amazon where one in ten mothers and their babies die before their 1st birthday, Inmarsat-sponsored aid agency Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) is using BGAN in the region’s first ever eHealth network.  The network allows health professionals to provide pre-natal, birth and post-natal care at four isolated health centres – improving the diagnosis and care of around 40,000 mothers and their babies.

Healthcare professionals use the Cobham Explorer 700 to feed back medical conditions and obtain advice

Healthcare professionals use the Cobham Explorer 700 to feed back medical conditions and obtain advice

TSF installed the Cobham SATCOM Explorer 700 terminals after training technicians and health professionals at the health centres spread over the Rio Negro region in the north-west of the rainforest.

Using the terminals, midwives will be able to consult with other healthcare specialists at the main clinic in the town of São Gabriel da Cachoeira to remotely monitor and diagnose conditions.

An eHealth project using Inmarsat’s BGAN in Gabon, West Africa has shown how people living in a remote rainforest can benefit greatly from telemedicine.  The project used a BGAN terminal to transmit ultrasound images to doctors at a local hospital and to Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, where they could consult with patients in real-time.

Eye exam: images are remotely reviewed by doctors

Eye exam: images are remotely reviewed by doctors

Mathieu Forgues, a Harvard medical student, used a battery-powered VSee Telemedicine Field Kit alongside the BGAN terminal which comprises of an iPad, diagnostic tools and medical devices such as ultrasound equipment. It provides high-quality video across four camera feeds, allowing doctors to see the patient and real-time medical images and readings when connected to the internet via BGAN.

Mathieu travelled 50 minutes by boat from the local hospital, Albert Schweitzer Hospital, to two remote villages where he carried out ultrasound chest and ear check-ups on children.  The images were then relayed to Dr Jean-Daniels at Albert Schweitzer Hospital, which serves a large catchment of up to 60 villages.  Mathieu said: “For many villagers, especially children, this is the only chance they will have to see a doctor because there may be only one paediatrician in the area.”

Becky Wai, VSee’s Director of Medical Services, said: “Inmarsat plays an essential role in extending medical services, remote health consultations or online health education and training to rural and remote areas that are otherwise without the internet.

“The BGAN terminal is small enough to put it in a backpack and it’s ready to use in less than a minute when in the field. There’s no complicated set-up and configuration – just pressing a few buttons.

“During the two trial visits to the village, Inmarsat was 100 per cent reliable, offering all needed services to link remote medical teams to city-based doctors.”

Ecuadorian fishing fleet to be fitted with 4,000 Globalstar SmartOne Satellite Tracking Devices

Globalstar announced today that their SmartOne device has been chosen for the first regional pilot project of its kind for Ecuador, which will outfit 4,000 artisanal fishing fleet with life-saving satellite tracking and emergency notification devices.

Fishing trawler on the water at sunrise

The contract will initially outfit 4,000 small fishing boats with Globalstar’s leading satellite transmitter, the SmartOne.

The contract awarded to VehSmart will initially outfit 4,000 small fishing boats with Globalstar’s leading satellite transmitter, the SmartOne. SmartOne devices will provide Ecuadorian fishermen and women with a means for help at sea when facing a life-threatening emergency including piracy. By linking to Ecuador’s National Emergency Response System, the SmartOne devices will be outfitted with a proprietary panic button that any sailor can activate discreetly to summon a rescue.

“We are pleased to participate in this unique, first of its kind project with VehSmart and the Ecuadorian government,” said Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar. “This plan showcases the global life-saving power of Globalstar’s technological offerings, providing peace of mind and real-time information when it matters the most.”

SmartOne

The SmartOne devices will be outfitted with a proprietary panic button that any sailor can activate discreetly to summon a rescue.

The combined risks of an unpredictable marine environment and piracy attacks make fishing one of the world’s riskiest occupations, with a high annual cost both in lives and lost or stolen property. During 2012, 184 acts of piracy occurred against Ecuadorian fishermen, according to the Ecuadorian government. During 2013 alone, the Ecuadorian government replaced 370 stolen boat motors. Pirates steal the boat motors and leave the fishermen stranded out at sea. These stranded fishermen often die, leaving families bereaved and without economic resources. Between January and April of 2013, seven Ecuadorian fishermen disappeared at sea. The Globalstar SmartOne provides a means for fishermen to not only send an SOS, but also allows authorities to pinpoint the location of the distressed vessel and send lifesaving rescue personnel.

“Through the implementation of satellite tracking devices, fishermen will feel better protected with a greater level of security,” said Vice Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Guillermo Morán.

“We are very excited to bring this life saving technology to the fishermen of Ecuador,” said Brian Story, CEO of VehSmart. “We will be delivering unprecedented peace of mind to the families of those that risk their lives and property every day at sea.”

The satellite devices will also provide the Ecuadorian Vice Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries with a wealth of information about the seasonal movements of the fishing fleet. Authorities will be able to police overfishing and better protect exclusionary zones, such as the waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands, one of the richest and most bio diverse ecosystems on earth.

Fishermen and women will also have access to a robust software platform, protected by login script and viewable on handheld devices and computers. Boat owners will be able to access information about their vessels, track the whereabouts of loved ones at sea and use historical data to identify prime fishing areas.

15 Minutes to Set-Up Your Satellite Phone

We often have customers come to us with last minute requirements or those who are worried that setting up their satellite phone will be complicated but it needn’t be.

Once your SIM is active here’s how to get started.  GTC customers will receive an email once the SIM is active with their phone number details.

If you’re not sure on the status give us a call on +44 1202 801290.

1. Make sure the SIM card is inserted into the satellite phone

Remove the battery and insert the SIM card with gold PINs facing down. The exception is modern Globalstar phones which do not require a SIM card.

clear-line-of-sight-to-the-sky2. Take the phone outside and find a clear line of sight to the sky

For best performance, move away from tall obstacles such as buildings or trees.

Make sure the antenna is fully extended and pointing to its optimal position (straight up to the sky).

For Inmarsat and Thuraya handsets face towards the equator.

3. Make a test call from the satellite phone

When dialling make sure you dial in international format:

e.g. to call GTC dial 00 44 1202 801290.

Use a + or 00 in front of all numbers.

Calling into the phone

Use the same method to call into the phone i.e. a + or 00 in front of the number.

Having problems? Check with your operator that they support calls to satellite phones. Try dialling from a different network.

Did you know…Inmarsat & Iridium customers can call these test numbers for free ?

Inmarsat: +870776999999

Iridium:  +1-480-752-5105 

4. Send a test message*

Enter the recipient’s phone number in international format.

Sending an SMS to the phone

Use the same method to send a text into the phone i.e. a + or 00 in front of the number.

*Excludes Globalstar which does not have SMS capability.

Did you know…You can send a free SMS to some satellite phones?  Visit:

http://msg.iridium.com/

http://connect.inmarsat.com/Services/Land/IsatPhone/SMS/sms.html

https://sms.thuraya.com/

 

Do you have any other tips for getting started with a satellite phone?

 

Post a comment and let us know!

Inmarsat announce IsatPhone 2

The 2nd generation IsatPhone handset will offer tracking, an emergency button and pageability will be available at the end of March.

IsatPhone 2

IsatPhone 2 will be available from the end of March 2014

IsatPhone 2 will target the higher end of the satphone market. A slimmer handset with a high-quality feel, it has additional features and functionality over IsatPhone Pro, such as tracking, an emergency button and pageability.

Offered at a higher price point than IsatPhone Pro, it will still deliver excellent value. The new phone is expected to particularly appeal to end-users looking to upgrade from an outdated existing satphone.

Meanwhile, IsatPhone Pro will continue to be marketed as the lower-cost satphone option.

With two phones, differentiated by price and performance, our voice portfolio will allow you to attract customers in two very diverse markets.

 

We will shortly add information on the IsatPhone 2 to our website, contact us to be added to our IsatPhone 2 Mailing List.

Thuraya Launches Vehicular IP Broadband Terminal

Thuraya Telecommunications has launched its first dedicated vehicular IP broadband terminal.

Designed and manufactured by Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions, Thuraya IP Voyager is a cost-effective, high-quality satellite terminal designed for end-users in the government, oil and gas, media, and relief sectors. It is the only terminal available in the market capable of achieving streaming IP rates of up to 384 kbps as well as user-definable asymmetric streaming.

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Randy Roberts, Vice President of Innovation at Thuraya said: “Reliable connectivity and mobility are essential for users who need to communicate with their field teams and to file reports while on-the-move. The Thuraya IP Voyager broadens our Land IP portfolio and is part of our strategy to give end-users the power of choice when it comes to having high-quality, reliable connections at competitive prices, no matter where they are.”

Thuraya IP Voyager enables remote users to collaborate reliably and efficiently using video, data and VoIP services to achieve mission-critical tasks in areas that are not served by terrestrial communication networks. It is designed to connect at IP broadband speeds of up to 444 kbps while on-the-move and includes a built-in Wi-Fi access point as well as four Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) ports to connect multiple wired devices.

Asher Faredi, Product Manager of Land Data at Thuraya said: “Many parts of the world remain unconnected by terrestrial networks. In developing the Thuraya IP Voyager, we listened closely to our customers to understand their needs and we were able to design a robust “comms-on-the-move” terminal that it is easy to install and facilitates real productivity in the field. There is an opportunity in the land vehicular terminal market, which is now being addressed with the Thuraya IP Voyager.”

GTC will have pricing available shortly for the Thuraya IP Voyager.