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Iridium predicts market take off

Iridium Satellite has returned to Gitex following the success of its debut at the show last year.

Iridium Satellite has returned to Gitex following the success of its debut at the show last year. The company, which specialises in providing satellite communications links to the maritime, military and aviation industries, predicts a rapid growth in demand for its aviation product for 2005.

Iridium offers a host of communication solutions specifically designed for the aviation market, providing operation management between the cockpit and the ground. With Iridium's global coverage, pilots have constant communications support in the cockpit. Further, calls between two Iridium systems are discounted and billed only to the calling party. This allows aircraft owners to install Iridium equipment on their aircraft and at headquarters to create a low-cost communications network across the fleet.

"We are here to show the market that we are still here and we are expanding, and to share our success stories in maritime and aviation," says Ayman Irshaid, regional director, Iridium.

"Last year, our focus was on Iraq. This year, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are showing us market growth. We now have a network of dealers and are expanding through service provider networks," he says.

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