Thuraya's pre-launch growth continues

UAE-based satellite phone company Thuraya has signed up three more service providers as it gears up to its commercial launch in April. It now has agreements in 38 different countries.

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By  Alex Marklew Published  March 20, 2001

Thuraya’s rapid worldwide growth has continued after the UAE-based satellite phone operator signed up three more service providers in the Middle East and Africa.

A service agreement was signed today with CKM Holdings in Morocco, following deals with Yemen’s Partners Company yesterday and Danish operator Danimex (who will run the service in Nigeria) the day before.

The new agreements come just in time for Thuraya’s commercial launch in April.

The Abu Dhabi company now has service providers in 38 of the 99 countries covered by Thuraya-1’s footprint.

“It is an achievement for our mobile satellite system to have accomplished this major stride prior to commercial launch, which is why Thuraya is increasingly earning a leadership position within the world’s satellite telecommunications industry,” said Thuraya chairman Mohammad Omran after the Moroccan agreement.

North Africa has been a particularly lucrative market for Thuraya so far, with service providers signed up in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algerian and Mauritania.

The Nigerian deal is particularly useful for Thuraya, as it covers Africa’s most populous nation while also opening up the centre of the continent.

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