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Thuraya to add VSAT product

Global Ku-band VSAT connectivity will be supplemented by regional Thuraya L-band coverage as a backup across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Global Ku-band VSAT connectivity will be supplemented by regional Thuraya L-band coverage as a backup across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia

Thuraya is set to introduce a new Ku-band VSAT product, supplemented with Thuraya L-band services, that will launch in September with IEC Telecom as its first distributor.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Thuraya VSAT+ service will include capacity from an unnamed Ku-band satellite operator, switching over to Thuraya’s own L-band capacity via its Orion IP system where not available. All data traffic on the two systems is included for a fixed monthly fee.

Ku-band coverage is offered on a global basis, using standard VSAT antennas from manufacturers such as Intellian and Cobham. The Thuraya L-band coverage included is regional, with the company’s satellite network currently stretching across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

For operators who require L-band back-up on a global basis, an additional Iridium Pilot unit will be required to connect when outside of Thuraya coverage, though usage on that service will be charged in addition to the monthly package. Pricing will be structured to reflect the differences in coverage and the global versus regional nature of the different products on offer.

Thuraya says it is using the service to appeal to a wider segment of the maritime market and grow its customer base as it works on plans to introduce a next generation satellite constellation during the 2020s.

IEC Telecom, already one of Thuraya’s most significant maritime service providers, will be the first partner to offer the new service starting in September 2018, though further providers may be announced in the future.{/mprestriction}

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