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.”

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.