Thuraya helps satellite communication take flight

Launches satellite aeronautical service under AviationComms brand

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Thuraya helps satellite communication take flight Thuraya launches satellite aeronautical service under AviationComms brand. (ITP Images)
By  Vineetha Menon Published  August 12, 2010

Thuraya Telecommunications Company has launched a new satellite aeronautical service that provides voice communications onboard aircrafts.

Offered under the brand AviationComms, an initial service offering is already operational in over 200 helicopters and business jets based on Thuraya's compact narrowband terminal that provides voice, fax and 9.6Kbps circuit switch data, as well as GmPRS data at speeds of up to 60 Kbps.

Thuraya has plans to introduce a complete portfolio of aeronautical services. The firm says it's working on a broadband terminal that will provide higher data speeds of up to 444 Kbps in standard mode and up to 384 Kbps in streaming mode, as well as voice and optional onboard GSM services. It's expected to be completed during the last quarter of the year.

"Thuraya is proud to launch this service in a thriving sector such as the aeronautical communications. Like most of our products, we have ensured that the new solutions are compact, user-friendly, lightweight and affordable. This move reflects Thuraya's dynamic growth and expansion into new vertical markets," said chief strategy officer, Sultan Ahmed Al Ghafli at Thuraya.

Thuraya’s AviatonComms is available from select distribution partners.

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