Thuraya widens focus to Far East

UAE-based satellite mobile operator, Thuraya, is planning to expand its coverage to East and South East Asia after repositioning its first spacecraft, Thuraya 1.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  October 14, 2003

UAE-based satellite mobile operator, Thuraya, is planning to expand its coverage to East and South East Asia after repositioning its first spacecraft, Thuraya 1.

Following the launch of the operator's second satellite into orbit on June 10, 2003 and transfer of traffic from Thuraya 1, the first spacecraft will be relocated to target growth opportunities in new markets.

Countries to be covered by Thuraya 1 will include China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan, Burma, Myanmar, Lao Democratic People's Republic, Mongolia, the Koreas, Papua New Guinea, Brunei and parts of the Russian Federation that were not previously part of the operator's area of focus.

"We are working in accordance with the requirements of national regulatory authorities and will be selecting experienced service providers to represent Thuraya in these countries," says Yousuf Al Sayed, Thuraya's chief executive.

"The introduction of Thuraya services throughout Asia is our first giant step towards covering the world," he adds.

Meanwhile, the operator has also awarded a US$3.5million contract to satellite solutions provider, GlobeComm, to provide it with a telemetry, tracking and control (TT&C) system.

GlobeComm will install the solution, comprising two 13-metre antennae, TT&C baseband equipment, monitoring and control software, automatic carrier monitoring, and a calibration and carrier control system at Thuraya's primary satellite gateway in Sharjah.

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