New Year Offer – 10% off satellite phone rentals!

IRDM_9555_Usage_09To wish our customers a Happy New Year we are pleased to announce a 10% discount on all satellite phone rentals ordered before 31 January 2013*.  Simply enter discount code JAN2013RENTAL at the checkout!

GTC is pleased to offer Iridium, Inmarsat & Thuraya satellite phone rentals for a minimum of just 7 days.  All phones come in a rugged Peli case with wall charger, car charger, data cable and spare battery all for just £5 per day.

*Please bear in mind that your debit/credit card will be charged for the full amount when you place the order online.

Globalstar Successfully Returns Satellite to Commercial Service – All Launched Second-Generation Satellites Now Providing Commercial Service

Globalstar, Inc., today announced that it has returned to commercial service the satellite affected by the momentum wheel issue. This satellite was originally launched in October 2010 and removed from service in early 2011. As a result, all 18 of Globalstar’s launched second-generation satellites are now providing commercial service.

Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar, Inc., added, “After more than a year of development, Globalstar and Thales Alenia Space completed the software engineering, uploaded and tested the solution, and then successfully returned the affected satellite to commercial service. The solution not only permitted this satellite to return to service but also provides a fix for similar problems that may happen across our constellation. Once again, I would like to thank all the Globalstar and Thales engineers and their respective teams for this collaborative solution.”

Globalstar is on the threshold of completing the launch and deployment of its new second-generation satellite constellation. Three of four launches consisting of six satellites per launch have been completed with the fourth and final launch of six satellites scheduled for early February of 2013. Once the new constellation is fully deployed, the Company expects to provide the world’s finest mobile satellite voice quality and the fastest mobile satellite handset data services at high reliability standards to commercial and government customers in more than 120 countries.

Globalstar and Arianespace Plan Early February Launch to Complete Deployment of Constellation

All But One of the Previously-Launched Satellites Are Now Operational

Globalstar, Inc., today announced that the deployment of its second-generation constellation has entered the home stretch with the planning of an early February launch with its launch services provider, Arianespace. A successful fourth launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and subsequent deployment of the satellites will complete the return of the high quality and reliable service that Globalstar users have historically enjoyed.

With three launches already complete, current subscribers and new users are experiencing significantly improved performance and reliability with the industry’s highest voice quality, fastest mobile satellite handset data speeds and the most affordable service. Channel partners are also enjoying greater demand for product as well as increased inquiries regarding Globalstar’s resurgence.

The next few weeks will be extremely busy for Globalstar’s Space Operations Team as the fourth launch campaign begins. Satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space has confirmed that the review and shipment of these six spacecraft will be completed by the end of October, allowing pre-launch preparations to begin at the Cosmodrome for an early February launch. A launch during the first week of February allows Globalstar to place two of the new satellites into service almost immediately after launch.

Globalstar also announced that all but one of the previously launched satellites have now been placed into service as of September 29th. The one remaining satellite is already in its operational plane and is awaiting the upload of a software upgrade to remedy the previously reported momentum wheel issue. Globalstar expects to receive the software upgrade from Thales in mid-October, upload it into the satellite and then place it back into operation. This upgrade will be available for Globalstar’s other second generation satellites, if necessary.

“Since Globalstar embarked on a mission to be the first MSS provider to launch a second-generation LEO constellation, nothing about this process has been quick or easy,” said Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar, Inc. “After 6 long years, we are proud to report that the finish line is within reach. Although the deployment of our new constellation with its improved design and capabilities has had its challenges, we can finally look forward to the long-term reliable service the new constellation will provide to our customers. We thank all of our partners for their tireless effort and our customers and distributors for their patience and support throughout the project.”

Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro Achieves 100,000 Order Milestone

  • Inmarsat achieves milestone of 100,000 ordered units of the market-leading IsatPhone Pro handset
  • Popular with consumers and professional users across the globe, IsatPhone Pro offers reliable global coverage, clear voice quality, affordability and ease of use
  • Strong uptake validates Inmarsat’s strategy in the global handheld satellite phone market with IsatPhone Pro

Inmarsat IsatPhone ProInmarsat, (the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has secured 100,000 confirmed orders from distributors for its global handheld satellite phone, IsatPhone Pro.

Inmarsat has achieved this remarkable milestone with IsatPhone Pro by providing a robust, easy-to-use handheld satellite phone which delivers market-leading reliable global coverage, clear voice quality and unrivalled battery life.

Introduced in June 2010, IsatPhone Pro is Inmarsat’s first handheld satellite phone.

Ronald Spithout, President of the Enterprise business unit at Inmarsat, said: “Inmarsat recognised the need for a highly reliable, voice-centric service and developed the IsatPhone Pro to meet that need. It is ideal for both personal and corporate users, regardless of their location. Securing our 100,000th confirmed order and capturing a significant share of a competitive global market from a standing start just two years ago has exceeded our ambitions for IsatPhone Pro.”

IsatPhone Pro appeals to a diverse user base. The phone is popular with humanitarian workers providing aid during rescue operations; with workers and residents in remote areas; and with explorers and leisure users who want to stay in contact when travelling in areas with no cellular coverage. IsatPhone Pro is a low-cost handset that offers superior voice quality, SMS and data, and is offered with a broad range of pricing packages to suit all requirements.

At the end of June 2012, Inmarsat reported having a base of over 65,000 active IsatPhone Pro terminals. When distributors place orders for IsatPhone Pro terminals, these terminals are only recorded as active terminals later, usually at the point when sold by the distributor to an end customer.

This is the latest milestone in the IsatPhone Pro success story. In August 2012, Inmarsat announced that it can now offer global pre-paid satellite services for both voice and data via the Inmarsat pre-pay platform with the introduction of support for voice calls originating in the US and its territories. IsatPhone Pro users can now be contacted using a single phone number wherever they are located and use just one device, with the option of pre-pay, for their global communications.

Spotlight on…Thuraya IP Satellite Broadband Terminal

Measuring just 158mm x 225mm x 50mm the Thuraya IP is a truly portable solution.

With the ever-growing popularity of smartphones and tablets it is becoming increasingly more important to be able to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues no matter how remote the location.  At Global Telesat Communications we see this reflected in the demand for the purchase and rental of satellite internet terminals.

The good news it that communication via satellite is becoming more a cost effective and realistic option and the Thuraya IP Satellite Broadband Terminalis a great example of this.

The Thuraya IP will work anywhere in the Thuraya coverage area.

The terminal itself is priced at just £1,750 ex VAT which makes it not only the cheapest terminal in its class but also the fastest as it offers speeds of up to 444kbps.  Furthermore there are a variety of flexible airtime plans including the Entry Plan with no monthly fee – perfect for those who will not be constantly using the terminal.  For high end users the Unlimited Plans even offer a free terminal!

The plans available are as follows:

Service Entry Access Value Unlimited 144k* Unlimited 144k**
Activation Fee $60 $60 FREE FREE FREE
Monthly Fee FREE $48 $540 $3,000 $4,260
Rate per MB $7.50 $4.80 $3.60 FREE FREE
Static IP Address $36.00 $36.00 $36.00 $36.00 $36.00

*Fair Usage Applies of 15GB a Month, if this is passed bandwidth will be throttled .

**Fair Usage Applies of 30GB a Month, if this is passed bandwidth will be throttled.

Pay As You Go plans are also available for the Thuraya IP.

Key Features

  • Internet access – High speed Internet at speeds of up to 444 Kbps.
  • Streaming – Select guaranteed quality of service up to 384 Kbps on demand for bandwidth hungry applications like video streaming.
  • Remote Connectivity – Broadband access to your corporate network, for up-to-date and instant access to company and customer information.
  • Email – Send and receive email via the Internet or other email applications.
  • File transfer – Send and receive large files.

New Iridium Pilot Raises the Bar for Affordable Broadband Maritime Communications

Iridium Communications Inc. announces the launch of its second-generation maritime broadband platform, Iridium Pilot. Iridium Pilot will utilize the Iridium OpenPort service – the world’s first when it comes to fully global maritime broadband.

Iridium Pilot is engineered for enhanced durability to withstand the harshest maritime conditions, all the while packaged in a small, lightweight antenna. It has a fixed, electronically-steerable, phased-array antenna, designed to maintain connectivity in rough seas. Iridium Pilot offers broadband connectivity in addition to three independent phone lines, all of which work simultaneously, with data speeds up to 134 kbps. The platform offers a suite of new capabilities for vessel telecommunications optimization. These capabilities include a built-in firewall for traffic management and a bulk configuration capability to assist in efficiently managing large volumes of units. Its small form factor, enhanced capabilities and flexible service packages make Iridium Pilot an optimal solution for vessels large and small. In addition, Iridium Pilot maintains the best service program in the industry, the Iridium Global Service Program, and the industry’s only standard five-year limited warranty.

The new Iridium Pilot works through the global Iridium OpenPort system

“We currently see a rapid migration from legacy narrowband services to new generation broadband solutions in the maritime satellite communications market,” said Richard Roithner, Senior Consultant at Euroconsult. “MSS broadband solutions, in particular those positioned in the lower price ranges, have seen significant growth over the last two years increasing at around 120 percent per year. Euroconsult projects growth to continue in the coming years as these systems provide an attractive value proposition for low- and medium-end markets, including fishing, shipping and leisure vessels, to provide safety communications, enhance ship operations, improve crew welfare as well as provide complementary services for VSAT. Our research has found that data rates of around 128kbps are sufficient for the majority of applications used onboard vessels today.”

Iridium Pilot is the latest example of Iridium’s long-term commitment to investment and innovation focused on satisfying communications needs around the globe. The company’s goal is to continually improve the customer experience in new and existing markets in the farthest reaches of the world now and into the future.

“Importantly, Iridium Pilot will be compatible with Iridium’s next generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT,” said Joel Thompson, vice president, product management, Iridium. “Iridium NEXT, scheduled for deployment starting in 2015, is the largest commercial space program underway today. Ship operators installing Iridium Pilot can have the confidence that their equipment will be supported well beyond 2020.”

New Windows 7 drivers for IsatPhone Pro users

IsatPhone Pro can now be used with Windows 7 thanks to the release of new USB drivers and a firmware upgrade tool.

The new USB drivers improve the behaviour of the handset with the data service when using Windows 7 on your laptop or PC.

Once the drivers and upgrade tool are installed, a Windows 7 user can load any of the approved optimised tools for use with the IsatPhone Pro‘s data service.

The firmware upgrade tool allows users to carry out firmware upgrades using the Windows 7 operating system.

The USB drivers v5.28.9.1 and firmware upgrade tool v2.2 are available to download from the Global Telesat Communications website.

Download drivers and firmware upgrade tool:

http://www.globaltelesat.co.uk/satphone/Inmarsat_IsatPhone_Pro_Support.html

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.

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.