Happy New Year, and thank you to our partners for helping make 2015 another groundbreaking year for Thuraya.
The year saw us expanding our portfolio as well as extending into several new areas. The XT-PRO and SatSleeve launches; the Expansys online distribution deal; the world’s first GSM + satellite voice package with Etisalat; extensive inroads secured in Africa with Airtel; the Digimed telemedicine solution; Starlight, the new gateway in Cyprus; and much more… there were highlights aplenty.
We have created substantial momentum for 2016. In addition to us focusing on our key growth areas of maritime, M2M, IP and government, you’ll see product, ecosystem and network strategies develop further, with many of you helping to make that happen.
We’ll continue to improve and evolve our newly launched Developer Program enabling our partners to shorten development cycles to bring products to market more quickly with high quality. Developer access to new, emerging hardware and software platforms will nurture greater affordability and ease-of-use too.
The Thuraya Innovation Center in the UAE offers access to our network, on-site technical expertise during the development phase, and hands-on experience with Thuraya development platforms and products. This gives our partners further assistance in getting new products to market.
The Thuraya M2M Beta Program has already made the FT2225 terminal available to application developers, service partners and systems integrators and will be commercially ready in early 2016.
The Thuraya VoIP service will offer a personal, single number to make end-users readily contactable on land and at sea, underlining our commitment to affordable and convenient services for end-users.
All that’s to come, and more, in an exciting 2016 for Thuraya. Meanwhile, this month’s newsletter explores differences already being made by the use of our technology, specifically in the Relief sector. Amal Ezzeddine, Senior Director Government Services, examines ways in which technology is re-shaping the communications landscape for relief operations. Then Najwa Ayoub, Market Development EMEA NGOReliefMedia Manager, answers a Q&A about Thuraya’s support of those in need after the earthquake in Nepal.
We are also pleased to share a case study on establishing a reliable communications network for SOS Children’s Villages in the Central African Republic; and news about our support for the ambitious new crossing of the Empty Quarter in the deserts of the UAE.
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Here’s to a great 2016.
Vice President, Marketing & Communications