Thuraya launches world’s toughest satellite phone

Satellite communications firm Thuraya Telecommunications has launched what it described as the world’s toughest satellite phone, the new Thuraya XT, “the most rugged and reliable phone in the market”.

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Thuraya launches world’s toughest satellite phone Thuraya’s rugged XT handset is tailor made for the region’s heavy industries.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  September 23, 2009

Satellite communications firm Thuraya Telecommunications has launched what it described as the world's toughest satellite phone, the new Thuraya XT, "the most rugged and reliable phone in the market".

The splash resistant, dust and shock proof Thuraya XT, which will be on show at GULFCOMMS is the only satellite phone to comply with rigorous world telecom IP54 and IK03 standards.

Thuraya claims to be the world leader in mobile satellite handhelds, and a spokesman for the firm said the launch of the Thuraya XT will enhance the company's position in the market.

"Thuraya XT is the world's most robust satellite phone and it will undoubtedly boost our position in the mobile satellite voice business because it has been specifically designed to meet the critical requirements of vertical customers from the corporate, government, NGO, maritime, oil and gas and military sectors Thuraya's Chief Executive Officer, Yousuf Al Sayed said. "Its superior features set a new standard in the industry because it is a combination of ruggedness and professionalism."

The device, which will be on show at this year's GITEX has a glare-resistant display with an internal brightness sensor allowing readability outdoors because of its ability for low reflection in bright environments. It also has a battery life with talk-time of up to six hours and standby-time of up to 80 hours, which Thuraya says is unprecedented in the mobile satellite industry.

He also added that Thuraya XT has been developed for use in severe environments and its splash water, dust and shock proof capabilities make it operable in the most difficult of circumstances which is what satellite phone customers demand.

In addition to the ruggedness of the phone, the Thuraya XT is packed with a professional and user-friendly menu that allows users to quickly access the functions of the phone. The handset's GmPRS capability allows users to send and receive e-mails as well as browse the web with a laptop or PC from any location.

It also provides messaging via SMS, e-mail, fax and organiser services and supports 12 languages, and the device is one of the smallest satellite phones, weighing only 193 grams adding to its usability by customers who need a robust and compact phone.

To add to its ruggedness, the outside casing of the phone is manufactured using the latest polycarbonates and has attached rubber seals on all plugs for full protection, ensuring the phone's durability in harsh outdoor environments.

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