Thuraya Provides Global Satellite Coverage

Thuraya provides mobile satellite telephony to 99 countries throughout Europe, North and Central Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Indian Sub-continent, a coverage area of the most populated parts of the globe.

Through its dynamic dual mode handsets integrating satellite and GSM, Thuraya customers can enjoy seamless, uninterrupted services that allow them to link to their cellular networks, and once beyond the terrestrial service areas to switch on to satellite mode.

Thuraya enhances freedom of movement and connectivity with its wide range of facilities that include affordable and quality satellite-based services. Thuraya offers satellite, cellular (GSM) service and location determination system (GPS) in a single dual mode handset that is lightweight, elegant and easy to use. The dynamic handset offers voice, data, fax and short messaging services. Thuraya's voice quality is comparable to GSM while its faxes and data operate at 2.4, 4.8 and 9.6 kbps.

A key feature is the integration of Global Positioning System (GPS) into the Thuraya handheld, making it a valuable communication tool. Besides the mobile handset, Thuraya also offers a vehicle-docking adaptor for the Thuraya mobile phone, a valuable utility for vehicular and fleet use. Another important innovation is the Home and Office Docking Unit- SATEL, which extends the features of the mobile handset indoors--allowing areas that have no telecommunications service to enjoy superior satellite telephony.

Thuraya's satellite services are provided through its national service providers, who are national telecom providers, GSM network operators and licensed private entities. With Thuraya Roaming, Thuraya subscribers are also able to roam within their respective GSM operator’s network (who has a roaming agreement with Thuraya), while enjoying service access out of Thuraya system coverage service.

Thuraya’s technology will expand the reach of communications that were previously hampered by the fragmentation of services and limited networks. Thuraya will serve the national and regional roaming segment of mobile phone users that include business travelers, marine based outposts, industrial sites, and transportation companies as well as people living and working in remote areas where telecom services are limited or unavailable.

Thuraya was founded in the UAE in 1997 by a consortium of telecommunications and satellite companies, as well as international investment houses. The turnkey project, built by Boeing Satellite Systems, is designed for a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. The satellite is in geo-synchronous orbit positioned 36,000 kms above the earth, at 44 degrees East above the equator. At a later date a spare ground satellite will be launched to expand system capacity.

The Thuraya-1 satellite was successfully deployed by Sea Launch rocket on 21st October 2000, marking a fortuitous beginning to the largest telecommunications project in the Middle East and one of the leading mobile satellite telecommunications ventures in the world. Click onto to explore the world of Thuraya.