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Thuraya unveils “unbreakable” satellite phone

UAE-based mobile satellite operator Thuraya launched a new rugged handset that it claims is the world's toughest satellite phone yesterday, as it confirmed its intention to continue expanding into corporate markets and government

Thuraya unveils “unbreakable” satellite phone
Fahad Kahoor with the new device.

UAE-based mobile satellite operator Thuraya launched a new rugged handset that it claims is the world's toughest satellite phone yesterday, as it confirmed its intention to continue expanding into corporate markets and government.

The company used GULFCOMMS as a platform to introduce Thuraya XT, which is the only satellite handheld that is splash resistant, and dust and shock proof. The device also boasts a battery life that outlasts any other satellite phone with talk time of up to six hours and a standby time of up to 80 hours, according to Thuraya.

The device is also tailored for the MEA region, with a glare resistant display designed to allow the user to see it properly even in extremely bright light.

Thuraya's Fahad Kahoor describes the device as "an unbreakable handheld" that is an exciting addition to the company's product portfolio.

Throughout GULFCOMMS, Thuraya is providing a series of live demonstrations of broadband-based solutions to meet the needs of the military, government, NGOs, broadcast media and other sectors. Based on ThurayaIP, the demonstrations include video streaming with a solution called Quicklink, which allows transmission and delivery of extremely low latency, real-time broadcast video.

Another service on show is Globecast, which Kahoor says is as an ideal tool for freelance broadcast media correspondents who need to stream live video to a content exchange server from areas where there is no access to terrestrial networks. Also on show is Performance Enhancement Proxy (PEP), which provides enhanced browser experience and data transmission speeds.

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