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AST offers new Iridium Certus package

Remote satellite communication solutions provider AST has announced the official launch of its Iridium Certus “Optima Package”. The all-inclusive Iridium Certus package offers flexibility and capability for users who require dependable global connectivity without the barrier of upfront capital investment.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"} AST's exclusive Optima Package, will offer no upfront cost, flexible Iridium Certus airtime plans and inclusive hardware terminals. The package from AST will enable a wide range of both land and maritime customers to adopt the Iridium Certus service, benefitting from brand new hardware, the fastest L-Band data speeds and truly global coverage, for one single fixed monthly fee.

The Optima Package offers INTEGRA Control, a real-time data management solution, and IRIS, AST’s remote monitoring solution. Access to the company’s highly experienced 24/7 manned Global Customer Support Team is also offered.

“A little over a year ago, AST made the first commercial call over the Iridium Certus network and since then we have successfully activated hundreds of services for customers around the world,” said Gregory Darling, group managing director.

“With the launch of our unique Optima Package and with Iridium Certus due to become the fastest L-Band service ever available, we believe that many more customers will be in a position to adopt Iridium Certus as their service of choice.” He added, “AST is also proud to have been chosen by Iridium as one of a few GMDSS launch partners.”

The new GMDSS service planned to go live in the first half of 2020 will provide truly global satellite GMDSS service to mariners and offer a new choice in satellite network and equipment. The addition of Iridium as a GMDSS provider will extend the coverage of this service to 100 percent of the planet's waterways, including the dangerous A4 regions (Arctic and Antarctic) for the first time. In the future, Iridium Certus will be all that is required on-board to meet global maritime safety standards. {/mprestriction}

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