GTC has provided more than 200 Thuraya XT-Pro satellite phones, Thuraya IP satellite broadband terminals and RedPort Optimizers together with associated airtime and customer support services for Zambian presidential elections.
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. 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.
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.
If you’re looking to purchase a satellite broadband terminal but don’t know where to start, our blog is here to help. There are many factors to take into account when considering a satellite terminal. The main use of a satellite terminal is to allow connection to the internet at broadband speeds from virtually anywhere in the world. As most terminals are no larger than a laptop they can be transported easily and are therefore ideal for people requiring internet connectivity while travelling in remote locations. Some terminals offer voice capability through a telephone handset which means they can also be used to make satellite phone calls. There are two main networks to choose from when considering a satellite terminal; Inmarsat BGAN and Thuraya. Most terminals currently available work on the near-global Inmarsat BGAN network and offer data rates of between 384 kbps to 492 kbps. Some terminals, such as the Thrane & Thrane Explorer 700, allow simultaneous multi-user access to the internet but most users will find the Thrane & Thrane 300 or Wideye Sabre 1 BGAN terminals more than adequate as they are small, light and cheaper than the multi-user models. The Inmarsat BGAN network covers everywhere in the world from 72 degrees north to 72 degrees south. This means that the only place the network is not available is in the poles. If you are interested in purchasing a BGAN terminal please look at our Inmarsat BGAN terminal page to see the range of Inmarsat BGAN terminals currently available. Inmarsat The alternative network to consider is Thuraya. Thuraya offer just one terminal, the Thuraya IP, which is a small and light terminal capable of a data rate of up to 444 kbps. The Thuraya network covers two thirds of the globe consisting of most of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia. If you are interested in purchasing a Thuraya terminal please look at our Thuraya terminal page to see more information on the Thuraya IP terminal. If you’re still not sure about the Inmarsat and Thuraya coverage why not have a look at our coverage page to double check that the Inmarsat or Thuraya terminal will work where you are going. Once you have chosen the satellite broadband terminal most suitable for your requirements you will need to buy airtime to use with the terminal. If you do not need global coverage and will be travelling within the Thuraya network coverage area you may find that some of their airtime options can work out better value for money than BGAN. Thuraya offer post-paid plans which include a set amount of data that you can transfer each month without incurring any additional charge. Once this amount is exceeded you will be charged at a standard rate for your usage. If you need to use your terminal outside the Thuraya network area then an Inmarsat BGAN terminal is the best option for you. Although this can work out a little bit more expensive in some situations, you will have the peace of mind knowing that, unlike Thuraya IP, the terminal offers near-global coverage. With BGAN you have the option of buying post-paid or pre-paid airtime. Post-paid airtime involves a monthly fee and a minimum contract term and is suitable for someone who is going to use an unknown amount of airtime over a long period of time. Prepaid airtime is more suitable for short term users who know in advance the rough amount of data they will be transferring. Once this data has been transferred you will not be able to use your terminal until you top it up with extra credit. Once you have made a decision on what you think best suits your needs then why not get in contact with us to ask any final questions.