Thuraya signs distribution deal with Jumbo

Thuraya satellite phones will now be available over the counter in the United Arab Emirates thanks to a deal just signed betweeen Thuraya and Jumbo Electronics.

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By  Robin Duff Published  January 31, 2002

Jumbo Electronics and Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications have signed an agreement to market Thuraya phones in UAE. It is hoped that the he integrated satellite, GSM and GPS phone will make inroads into the local market as the result of the agreement. Thuraya phones reach 99 countries, across Europe, North and Central Africa, Middle East, Central Asia and the Indian sub continent.

“The satellite communication industry is poised for explosive growth with breakthrough technological advances as demonstrated by Thuraya,” said Vishesh Bhatia, chief operating officer, Jumbo Electronics. “Thuraya is the one bold experiment that has succeeded in a business segment that is littered with disasters. Jumbo’s strength in marketing products in UAE and in this region is well known especially in the telecoms sector. Joining hands together with Thuraya will further augment that position.”

Thuraya’s Network has also recently been added on the list of GSM Roaming partners with Etisalat, Therefore Etisalat GSM subscribers who already have the roaming facility can use their GSM SIM card to roam anywhere in the 99 countries covered by Thuraya.

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