Congratulations to Atlantic Polo Team: Winners in their group and 2nd overall in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge!

Congratulations to the Atlantic Polo Team who completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge today – winning the fours class and finishing 2nd overall, ahead of 11 other teams!

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The Talisker Whisky Challenge is one of the toughest races on Earth- more people have climbed Everest or been into space than have rowed across the Atlantic! It took the team 48 days and 7 hours to row 3000 miles, from La Gomera to Antigua, in shifts of two hours on, two hours of- a grueling challenge but an amazing achievement!

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We lent the team an Iridium 9555 and Speedmail Email and Web Compression software to help them to keep in touch with home during their challenge. The Iridium 9555 is one of the most reliable satellite phones available on the market, taking full advantage of the Iridium’s truly global coverage. The 9555 is water, shock, and dust resistant offering the perfect solution for the Atlantic Polo Team in this race. SpeedMail provides an easier way of accessing and sending emails while away from conventional online networks. Due to its email compression software, it makes the sending of emails up to 15 times faster than when using standard web-based email services like Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo, and can save up to 85% on satellite airtime.

Fiona Oakes Breaks Three World Records on her 7 Continent Marathon Challenge!

1378124_529667250448071_1181653891_nGTC customer, Fiona Oakes, is on her way home after completing her 7 Continent and Polar Ice Cap Marathon Challenge and should feel extremely proud as she has broken three world records in the process!

She not only broke the world record for the fastest time to complete the 7 continent marathon challenge, she also completed a marathon at the North Pole and is planning to run another at the South Pole! She is hoping to raise funds and awareness for Veganism, a cause that is very close to her heart, and to become the first vegan woman to complete these marathon challenges.

Fiona took an Iridium 9555 with her on her trip and it allowed her to keep in touch throughout her trip. The Iridium 9555 is one of the most reliable satellite phones available on the market, taking full advantage of the Iridium’s truly global coverage. The 9555 is water, shock, and dust resistant, offering the perfect solution for Fiona to use in rugged outdoor environments. You can buy yours here.

If you would like to donate to Fiona’s cause then please click here.

Introducing New Iridium Airtime Vouchers

We are pleased to announce that we have introduced two brand new airtime vouchers to our website and so we are now able to offer you even more options for your satellite phone airtime.

IRDM_9555_Usage_09The first of our new vouchers is called the Iridium PAYG Latin America 200 Minutes/6 Months Validity and it is competitively priced at just £125. This voucher provides a lower rate per minute for Iridium sat phone users that are making calls within Latin America* from Mexico to Cape Horn and up to 12 nautical miles offshore. It gives you 200 minutes of calling time (12,000 units) and 6 months of validity.

The second new voucher that we have introduced is called the Iridium PAYG Global 300 minute prepaid voucher. This voucher is also very competitively priced, it offers 12 months of validity and costs just £350 for 300 minutes (18,000 units) at a lower rate per minute for Iridium sat phone users. This voucher offers an inexpensive alternative to the full 500 minute voucher.

Iridium-9505a-US-Made-Satellite-PhoneIridium is the only satellite network to provide pole to pole global coverage.  These new vouchers along with the other Iridium pre-paid vouchers and contract SIMs are for use on the Iridium 9555, Iridium 9575 Extreme and Iridium 9505a satellite phones.  GTC holds Iridium SIM cards in stock for next day delivery within the UK.  You can also keep an eye on your SIM balances and usage through our online system “SatCompass” which is free of charge to all GTC customers.  Please contact us if you have any questions regarding Iridium satellite phone airtime.

* Check our website for a list of the specific countries that are included.

Satellite communications for yachting enthusiasts

With the ARC Rally less than 6 weeks away we take a look at the requirements of yachting enthusiasts who want to keep in touch at sea.

One of the most popular requests we receive from sailors is for a satellite phone which not only has the capability to make voice calls but also to send and receive emails and GRIB files. As a result we have put together two sat comms packages for sailors offering a great discount on everything you need to stay in touch at sea with the Iridium 9555 and IsatPhone Pro.

As well as the basic voice capability here are some of the things our customers take into account when choosing a sat phone for use at sea:

 

GRIB Files

Our SpeedMail software (free with our marine packages) gives you access to free GRIB files (requires GRIB viewer). Simply send an email with the area you need the update for and an automatic email will be sent back to you with the GRIB file.

Emails

Some customers need email at sea whether it be for work commitments or just to stay in touch with family at home.  SpeedMail allows you to send and receive emails at minimal cost from your sat phone by compressing data sent and received.

Social media from your sat phone at the click of a button

Social Media

For simple Twitter and Facebook updates our SpeedMail software allows you to keep your followers up-to-date at a minimal cost. Logging onto social networks via the usual website method can cause a lot of data to be wasted because pointless graphics and ads will be downloaded. Once you have set-up your accounts with SpeedMail you can post updates directly from the software at the click of a button. Furthermore, the updates can be queued along with your emails and sent all at one time to enable maximum data compression.

Tracking*

Let your family and friends back home know where you are with the SPOT Satellite Messenger. For an amazing £200 ex VAT GTC offers SPOT with an annual all-inclusive subscription + Track Progress which allows you to send out a message every 10 minutes for 24 hours. SPOT gives you a unique website for your followers to visit and track your movements.

*Not included in GTC IsatPhone Pro Fixed Solution or GTC Iridium 9555 Marine Solution.

GTC IsatPhone Pro Fixed Solution£600 ex VAT GTC Iridium 9555 Marine Solution£1,235 ex VAT
Includes

  • IsatPhone Pro Satellite Phone
  • Pre-Paid SIM with 100 minutes
  • Magnetic External Antenna
  • SpeedMail Email & Web Compression Software
Includes

  • Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone
  • Pre-Paid SIM with 200 minutes
  • Fixed Mast Antenna with 10m Cable
  • SpeedMail Email & Web Compression Software

Iridium Authorized to Distribute Products and Services in Russia

Iridium Communications Inc. announces that OOO Iridium Communications (“Iridium Russia”) has received authorization from Russian authorities for commercial operations in the country. Iridium Russia expects to launch service in the second quarter of 2012, once all technical licensing requirements are complete.

Iridium anticipates expanded demand for its products and services in Russia as a result of this authorization for commercial operations. In 2009, Iridium formed Iridium Russia to conduct business in the country due to strong regional interest in its innovative voice and data communications capabilities. Iridium is making a significant, multi-year investment as part of its commitment to the Russian market. The company is actively engaging new and existing distribution relationships in the country to support customer demand.

“Our partners are expressing great enthusiasm for our entry into the Russian market,” said Matt Desch, CEO, Iridium. “We expect Iridium Russia and partners to capture at least 40 percent of the mobile satellite services market in Russia by 2015 — which we think could be a $70-100 million market by then. Our network is uniquely suited to serve the Russian market with its ability to provide 100 percent global coverage for organizations, businesses and individuals for voice, data, tracking or other critical connectivity. Through cost-effective satellite communications services, Iridium extends the connectivity available beyond that of local telecom and technology companies serving diverse Russian markets. Iridium enables voice and data connections where traditional commercial networks cannot reach, including many remote parts of Russia and within the Arctic Region. Around the world, our service has become essential to important sectors such as maritime, aviation, emergency response, civil government, oil and gas, mining and transportation. And, Iridium Russia will be able to serve these markets within the country both this year and well into the future thanks to our planned launch of our second generation network, Iridium NEXT.”

“Blue Sky Network is proud to be an Iridium partner,” said Jon Gilbert, president and CEO, Blue Sky Network. “We believe that Iridium’s expansion into Russia will be a tremendous opportunity for both Iridium and our organization, as we seek development and growth into this high-potential and untapped market. With vast and remote regions, the Russian markets present ideal application environments for our combined technologies in aviation and land-based mobile tracking.”

Victor Chernov, acting chief of the State Emergency and Rescue Marine Service of the Russian Federation and head of the State Marine Rescue Coordination Center, said, “Iridium services will allow our operations to remain connected during critical search and rescue missions throughout the whole territory of Russia, and its exclusive economic zone, including such important regions as the Arctic. We are excited to know that Russia is now authorized to offer these services throughout the Russian Federation — this is good news for our country.”

According to Victor Glushko, general director, Iridium Russia, the country will be a strategic growth area for in-region and international service providers able to deliver Iridium products and services to Russian businesses and, specifically, transportation organizations across land, sea and air. In particular, he said, maritime and energy-related services are showing strong demand throughout the region.

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.

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.

Bank Holiday August Saver Offers

Take advantage of our 9-Day Sale on selected satellite phones and trackers this week and receive FREE next day delivery and 1 month extension on Iridium airtime only!

Get one of our amazing August Bank Holiday Package between 22nd August and 31st August and save up to £115! Please call us on 0800 112 3919 and quote Bank Holiday Offers when buying!

Hurry! Our 9 Day Sale ends Wednesday 31st August 2011!

Iridium 9555 Starter Package

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Iridium 9555 Starter Package

<<Iridium 9555 + 75 minutes + Peli case>>

Only £850 (ex VAT)

Normally £924 (ex VAT)

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* Valid until 30 September 2011
* Iridium 9555 £785, 75 minutes worth £99, and carry case £40 (ex VAT)
* Telephone orders only - call us on +44(0)1202 607486