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Thuraya agrees Japan deal

Thuraya Telecommunications and SoftBank Mobile, a Japanese telecommunications company, have announced they have signed an agreement to offer mobile satellite communication services to the Japanese market using Thuraya’s satellite network.

SoftBank Mobile has applied and successfully received approval from the Japanese regulator to provide Thuraya’s satellite network services in Japan, and, commencing from February 2013, Thuraya handsets and airtime services will be sold to customers via SoftBank Mobile’s distribution channel.

As part of the agreement, the two companies will collaborate together to design a new version of Thuraya’s handset with special features, which will be available exclusively from SoftBank Mobile.

These services will be available throughout Japan and in the maritime areas surrounding the country.

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