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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - THURAYA SATELLITE TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Communications satellite Thuraya 3 to be launched

Posted on 30/05/2006

The UAE's Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company is taking delivery of its third satellite next month and will launch it in January 2007, the company's chief told Gulf News yesterday. Yousuf Al Sayed, Chief Executive said Sea Launch Company of the US which lofted Thuraya's earlier two satellites has been selected to put into orbit Thuraya 3. "Thuraya's third satellite has been completed by Boeing Satellite Systems. The tests have been completed last week and it is now awaiting the ...  >>MORE

Thuraya launches on-line account re-fill

Posted on 17/05/2006

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company has recently introduced ThurayaRecharge, an on-line recharging system for its pre-paid subscribers allowing them to top-up their credit balance directly from their mobiles by dialling a toll free number. This new system, which is the latest value-added service from Thuraya, will enable prepaid subscribers to add credit to their accounts without the hassle of finding vendor locations that sell scratch cards. Subscribers can recharge their credit ...  >>MORE

Thuraya launches traveller SIM for occasional travellers

Posted on 20/03/2006

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company has launched today a new pre-paid service branded as "Traveller SIM", which is designed for occasional business and vacation travellers who need a reliable communication solution while travelling to areas that do not have adequate terrestrial telecom services and would like to use a satellite services instead. Aimed as a practical solution for individual and institutional customers requiring Thuraya's service on a temporary basis, the "Traveller ...  >>MORE

Thuraya and UAE Air Force Sign MoU

Posted on 24/11/2005

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company and the Air Force of the UAE Armed Forces have signed a Memorandum of Understanding mandating Thuraya to develop and install a satellite network for the Aeronautical fleet of the Air Force. Signed on Wednesday at the major Dubai Air Show, the agreement covers the provision of satellite-based voice, data and GPRS communications for the UAE Air Force military fleet across the entire coverage area of Thuraya satellite system. The massive project ...  >>MORE

Thuraya chalks up plans to launch third satellite in 2007

Posted on 30/10/2005

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company is drawing up plans to launch its third satellite in 2007 but the company will float a tender for competitive bidding, the company's chief said yesterday. Yousuf Al Sayed, chief executive of Thuraya, also said the third satellite may be delivered earlier than expected. "Construction of Thuraya 3 is on track and delivery might be a few months earlier than the scheduled June 2006 date. But we doubt the commercial launch would take place in 2006 ...  >>MORE

Thuraya Satellite plans to launch public offer

Posted on 26/09/2005

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company, the Abu Dhabi-based satellite telecom service provider, is likely to go public, a top official announced yesterday. Yousuf Al Sayed, Thuraya's chief executive, yesterday said, "A decision to this effect will be taken next year... We still have US$334 million debt which we hope to reduce to US$251 million by the end of the year. Once we complete the assessment of our business next year, we will make a decision as to when we will go public." The ...  >>MORE

Thuraya shelves plans to set up new company

Posted on 13/08/2005

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co (Thuraya) has shelved plans to set up a new company to cover Asia, a top company official said. It will instead manage the large Asian market directly, the official said. Accordingly, Thuraya is working in close coordination with Boeing for delivery of its third satellite by June 2006 to be followed with the commercial launch in early 2007 to cover Asia. "Our intention to cover Asia is stronger than before. It will be a logical expansion and ...  >>MORE

Thuraya starts services in Ethiopia

Posted on 25/06/2005

UAE-based Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co launched on Wednesday commercial services in Ethiopia through a tie-up with Afrospace. Afrospace, a satellite telecoms distributor based in the UAE, will be the service provider in the African country, Gulf News quoted a company statement as saying. The service launch follows an agreement signed by Al Sayed, Gamal Al Din Al Tayeb, managing director of Afrospace, and Tesfaye Birru, chief executive of Ethiopian Telecommunications Corp. Thuraya ...  >>MORE

ThurayaDSL commercially launched

Posted on 12/06/2005

Thuraya, the UAE-based regional satellite telecoms operator, has commercially launched its new satellite broadband service branded as "ThurayaDSL". The new service, which has already been in a soft-launch phase for two months, is aimed at individual and corporate customers in need of reliable high-speed data connectivity in areas lacking adequate terrestrial infrastructure. The new service is available across the whole regional coverage of Thuraya spanning more than 120 countries in Europe, ...  >>MORE

Thuraya launches high-speed satellite data

Posted on 13/04/2005

Building on a strong market leadership in handheld mobile satellite services, the UAE-based regional satellite operator, Thuraya, is launching soon a high-speed satellite Internet service branded as "ThurayaDSL". As a first step towards an ambitious long-term satellite broadband portfolio, ThurayaDSL is aimed to improve the Company's service offerings to customers in need of reliable high-speed data services in areas lacking adequate terrestrial infrastructure. The new service will be ...  >>MORE

Thuraya profit at Dh96m

Posted on 04/04/2005

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company has earned a net profit of US$26.15 million (Dh95.97 million) on the back of revenues totalling Dh1.054 billion in 2004, a top official said. "The net profit was lower in 2004 compared to the previous year because of depreciation of the two satellites that kicked in. Otherwise, we would have posted the same kind of profits," Yousuf Al Sayed, Thuraya chief executive, told Gulf News. Thuraya posted a net profit of US$38 million (Dh139.46 million) ...  >>MORE

Thuraya to get third satellite this year

Posted on 29/03/2005

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company's third satellite will be delivered this year. The satellite's launch however hinges on plans of the new company being formed to cover Asia, the company's chief said. The company is also considering the option of a fourth satellite. "The delivery of the third satellite from Boeing will be in December 2005. It was to be delivered earlier this year, but just to ensure the quality of the satellite, it is taking longer," said Yousuf Al Sayed, chief ...  >>MORE

Thuraya Launches Crew Calling Solution

Posted on 15/03/2005

Thuraya announces the full-scale launch of its Crew Calling solution which is based on Thuraya's popular prepaid concept "Call for all". Thuraya's Crew Calling solution offers a complete solution for the maritime industry by addressing the difficulties faced by mariners who are at sea cut off from family and friends for long periods of time. Thuraya's Crew Calling Solution consists of Thuraya's SeaOne maritime unit and optional dialler that allows an access to dedicated crew-calling numbers ...  >>MORE

Thuraya launches services in Kuwait

Posted on 08/03/2005

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company announced today the launch of its services in Kuwait with the National Satellite Telecommunications Services, Thuraya's National Service Provider in Kuwait. An official ceremony marking the event was held under the patronage of Jamal Al Jarwan, Chief Executive Officer of Thuraya and Ali Shabir Abdulqadous, C.E.O of NSTS and attended by Kuwaiti personalities from both the private and public sectors. Al Jarwan said that Thuraya was encouraged to ...  >>MORE

Thuraya to expand in Asia and Africa

Posted on 26/12/2004

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co will enter new markets in Africa and Asia through projects in coordination with the governments involved, a senior company official said. The company is also launching Thuraya DSL next March, which will provide speedy data services. "Our tailor-made projects have been successful in several countries and Thuraya will implement these projects in cooperation with governments in African and Asian markets in 2005," said Abdullah Touhami, senior manager of ...  >>MORE

Thuraya launches Maritime Solution

Posted on 29/11/2004

Thuraya announced here yesterday in Abu Dhabi the market launch of its maritime solution, signalling optimum product performance and readiness after rigorous tests were carried out within a wide range of situational and climactic extremes. The high performance maritime solution will provide maritime vessels of all kinds with sophisticated on board telecommunications for operability within Thuraya's coverage area. Thuraya offers uninterrupted satellite services across its entire coverage ...  >>MORE

Thuraya extends its services to Tanzania

Posted on 02/11/2004

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company is to extend its services to Tanzania, beginning with 2000 lines initially and reaching between four to five thousand lines by the end of the year. This was announced in Abu Dhabi yesterday following conclusion of an agreement between Thuraya and Sat Afrique Telecommunication company of Tanzania. Jamal Jarawan, Thuraya Executive Manager for Development said Tanzanian market was important, considering the fact Thuraya II Satellite covers about 80 per ...  >>MORE

Thuraya to launch new company

Posted on 31/10/2004

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co plans to set up a new company, Thuraya Asia, with various options being examined to raise capital. The company's third satellite, Thuraya 3, due for delivery early next year, is likely to replace Thuraya 1 to provide coverage for Asia, a senior company official told Gulf News. "Thuraya's third satellite, Thuraya 3, is on schedule for delivery by Boeing Satellite Systems in early 2005," said Jamal Saif Al Jarwan, executive manager, business ...  >>MORE

Thuraya to launch new satellite

Posted on 09/10/2004

Abu Dhabi-based Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company is planning to launch a new satellite to cover the whole Asia, including the Far East and southeast Asia, a top official from the company disclosed. Yousuf Abdulla Al Sayed, chief executive of Thuraya, told this correspondent that the company was currently doing test calls on its Thuraya 1 satellite there. "Later we are planning to launch our third satellite — Thuraya 3, which is currently under construction in El-Segundo, ...  >>MORE

Thuraya moves satellite to cover more of Asia

Posted on 31/07/2004

Thuraya 1, Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co's first satellite, has arrived at its new eastern location, expanding its coverage to all of Asia but actual services will start later in the year, said top company officials. Thuraya has also awarded China's Huawei Technologies a contract to build a GPRS (general packet-switched radio service) network before it launches services in third quarter next year. Thuraya plans to launch demonstration services in parts of Asia such as South Korea ...  >>MORE

Thuraya reports good response

Posted on 12/07/2004

The public call offices (PCOs) and payphones of Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co (Thuraya), which gained popularity in Iraq after the war last year as a cost-effective means of telecom access, are being rolled out as national projects in several Asian and African countries. Growing demand for Thuraya handsets will ensure targeted sales of 300,000 by the end of 2004 as more than 250,000 handsets have already been sold, said Mohammad Omran, Thuraya chairman. "The response to our rural ...  >>MORE

Sea Launch upbeat about Thuraya satellite contract

Posted on 12/06/2004

Sea Launch Co LLC, a leader in providing heavy-lift commercial launch services, is upbeat about securing the contract to put into orbit the third satellite of Thuraya, having successfully launched Thuraya's earlier two satellites. In a relatively flat satellite market, the California-based company will launch five satellites this year and expects orders to launch 15-20 satellites over the next four years including some from the Middle East. James G. Maser, President and General Manager, along ...  >>MORE

Thuraya launches "Call for all"

Posted on 21/05/2004

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company announced the launch of the "Call for all" - Thuraya's prepaid calling card service, which offers an ideal solution for people who wish to use Thuraya satellite services without actually owning the phone itself. The service is aimed at facilitating group usage of any Thuraya handset with convenient and easy to administer "Call for all" prepaid scratch cards, the company said in a statement yesterday. The "Call for all" prepaid cards maintain ...  >>MORE

Thuraya achieves coverage area expansion in Africa

Posted on 04/05/2004

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company has announced that it has expanded its satellite telecommunications southward in Africa, thereby providing blanket coverage to Kenya, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Rwanda, Burundi, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, the Seychelles, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania. The expanded service, which is now commercially operational, augments the African footprint, bringing the total number of countries under the new Thuraya footprint to more ...  >>MORE

Thuraya surges ahead to post Dh14om net profit

Posted on 22/03/2004

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co (Thuraya) saw revenues rocket to Dh1.068 billion last year against Dh587 million (US$160 million) previously, the company announced yesterday. That allowed it to declare profits of Dh140 million (US$38 million) for the year. Mohammed Omran, Thuraya's chairman, said the company – now running on 15 per cent of its satellite capacity – has become the first satellite telecommunications firm to achieve profitability within two years of operation. Thuraya ...  >>MORE

Thuraya exceeds sales target, unveils handset

Posted on 13/03/2004

UAE-based mobile satcom operator Thuraya Satellite Communications Co has exceeded its target by selling 225,000 handsets and increasing direct users to 190,000. The company has achieved significant growth in 10 of its coverage countries, including Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Libya, South Africa, Pakistan and Sudan, the Sharjah-based "Gulf Today” quoted Thuraya's Marketing and Sales Manager Shawkat Ahmed as saying. The company on Wednesday launched the Thuraya II handset, a new enhanced ...  >>MORE

Thuraya services cover high seas

Posted on 18/02/2004

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications yesterday launched its maritime services, which will provide satellite coverage for ships at sea. The company will target passenger and cargo ships, yachts, and tankers in Thuraya's coverage area. The services will include telephone, data, fax, Internet, e-mail, access to a company's Intranet, local network as well as connectivity to support information, weather update, e-commerce data and images. Thuraya has 81 countries in its coverage area. Initially ...  >>MORE

Thuraya to launch new projects in Asia and Africa

Posted on 14/02/2004

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co (Thuraya) will launch this year national rural telephony projects in some Asian and African countries due to high demand for basic telecommunications facilities. Thuraya's Public Call Offices (PCOs) and Payphones which gained popularity in Iraq after the war last year as cost-effective means of telecom access, will be rolled out as national projects in countries such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Nigeria. Thuraya's Rural Telephony Solutions ...  >>MORE

Thuraya sets sights on Asian markets

Posted on 25/01/2004

The Asian markets will be the new growth area for Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co (Thuraya) in 2004-05 even as the Middle East and Africa continue to offer growth prospects. Thuraya is moving its first satellite to 90 degrees eastwards in Asia in June and plans to start services in the Asian markets in September. "We see a good market in Asia with strong growth possibilities in China and other markets such as Cambodia and East Russia, Mongolia. This is a new growth area for us," said ...  >>MORE

Thuraya inks deal in Sudan

Posted on 17/01/2004

Thuraya, the UAE's satellite-based telecom service provider, yesterday entered a venture with Sudan Telecom (Sudatel) to offer its packages in Sudan, currently experiencing a surge in demand for these services following the possibility of lasting peace coming to the country. With a capital base of US$2.5 million, the new entity Thuraya-Sudatel has Sudatel holding 80 per cent stake and Thuraya the rest. But the option is open for the latter to raise its stake at a later stage, if necessary. ...  >>MORE

Thuraya aero services ready for launch on business jets

Posted on 12/12/2003

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co's (Thuraya) aeronautical services will be ready for launch next month on some corporate and business jets. This is in partnership with France's AirSatPhone.The Abu Dhabi-based company is also rolling out plans to provide its services on commercial and military aircraft as well as helicopters."The system has completed all tests successfully with only the final testing in real environment to be done," Jamal Bakr, manager special projects, Thuraya told Gulf ...  >>MORE

UAE plans satellite for space imagery

Posted on 12/12/2003

The UAE is drawing up plans to have its own first satellite to provide imagery for both military and civil applications, a move that will involve a multi-million dollar investment. The Abu Dhabi-based Space Reconnaissance Centre (SRC) of the UAE Armed Forces is involved in space imaging through its ground station at the Al Dhafra Airbase and caters mainly to the military and some commercial users. "We plan to have our own satellite. It is under study and we are in talks with many satellite ...  >>MORE

Thuraya proves successful in African markets

Posted on 01/11/2003

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company's penetration into Iraq, Afghanistan and some African markets is deepening with over 1,000 Public Call Office (PCO) installations sold, as well as over 200,000 mobile handsets to date. Thuraya is also planning to install PCOs in Yemen, Sudan and Saudi Arabia. Thuraya's third satellite being manufactured by Boeing Satellite Systems will be ready late next year or early 2005. "Sales of our PCOs have crossed the 1,000 mark, mostly in Iraq, ...  >>MORE

Thuraya completes traffic diversion to its second satellite

Posted on 20/08/2003

Following the successful launch of its second satellite into geosynchronous orbit on June 10th of this year, Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company has successfully completed the transition stages needed to divert all its traffic to the newly launched satellite, known as Thuraya 2 n. With this successful transfer, Thuraya has completed a critical step towards guaranteeing uninterrupted service to its wide subscriber base, thereby maintaining Thuraya record of commitment to quality ...  >>MORE

Thuraya orders 100,000 handsets

Posted on 09/08/2003

Growing demand from regional markets has pushed Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co (Thuraya) to order 100,000 mobile satellite handsets from Hughes Network Systems. Meanwhile, Thuraya has sold over 600 Public Call Offices (PCOs) to distributors mainly in Iraq, Nigeria and Afghanistan. "We have just signed a contract with Hughes Network for the design and supply of 100,000 advanced generation mobile satellite handsets," Mohammed Omran, chairman, Thuraya, said without giving the value of ...  >>MORE

Thuraya PCOs to be set up in Iraq

Posted on 21/06/2003

Following the success of its mobile phones in Iraq, the UAE's Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co is launching this week public calling offices (PCOs) to cater to the growing demand for telecom services there. In another new development, Thuraya is launching aeronautical services by the end of next month. "The PCOs will be commissioned and become operational in many parts of Iraq this week," Jamal Saif Al Jarwan, executive manager-Business Development, Thuraya, told Gulf News. Some 400 ...  >>MORE

Thuraya 2 satellite launch successful

Posted on 11/06/2003

Marking a major milestone for the UAE, Thuraya 2, the second satellite of the Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co, was launched successfully into geo-synchronous orbit yesterday by Sea Launch. With this success, Thuraya's capacity is expanded, opening up new opportunities in its service and application offerings. The Thuraya satellite lifted off at 5.56pm (UAE time) from the Odyssey Launch Platform positioned on the equator in the Pacific Ocean. The satellite separated from the launch ...  >>MORE

Thuraya 2 launch today

Posted on 10/06/2003

Thuraya 2, Thuraya's second satellite, is all set to be launched into geosynchronous transfer orbit by Sea Launch today. Thuraya 2 will serve as a back up for Thuraya 1 which was launched successfully in October 2000, and provides satellite telephony services to over 100 countries in the Middle East, Europe, North and Central Africa and South and Central Asia. Thuraya 2 is a Boeing GEO-Mobile model satellite which, in addition to the first satellite, was built by Boeing Satellite Systems of ...  >>MORE

Thuraya to launch its second satellite into orbit

Posted on 28/05/2003

Thuraya is announcing the launch of its second satellite, which will be put into orbit on June 10, 2003. A company press release said the Thuraya 2 satellite, designed for a 12-15 year lifespan, will potentially operate alongside the Thuraya 1,enhancing network flexibility and augmenting the quality and range of services offered by Thuraya. 'The Thuraya 2 will be sent into orbit by Sea Launch, the company which in October 2000, successfully placed Thuraya-1 - at 5,108 kg (11,260 lb). After ...  >>MORE

Thuraya-2 satellite off to launch pad

Posted on 21/05/2003

Boeing has shipped the Thuraya-2 mobile communications satellite from its manufacturing facility to the Sea Launch Co.'s 'home port' in California. The satellite is being prepared for an early June launch. The GEO-Mobile satellite is the second built by Boeing Satellite Systems for Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co. Thuraya-1 was deployed in October 2000. The new satellite will be lifted into orbit by a Sea Launch Zenit-3SL rocket from the Odyssey launch platform positioned on the equator ...  >>MORE

Thuraya, Intracom in payphones tie-up

Posted on 04/05/2003

Greek telecom major Intracom will supply Thuraya with outdoor payphones to be installed in Afghanistan and Iraq and later other markets such as Africa and Pakistan, a top company official said yesterday. An agreement was signed last week between Thuraya and Intracom to supply 500 outdoor payphones, 10,000 chip cards and payphone management system. "The research and testing is done and soon the payphone machines, which will be similar to the outdoor payphone machines here, will be installed in ...  >>MORE

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Communications satellite Thuraya 3 to be launched


Thuraya launches on-line account re-fill


Thuraya launches traveller SIM for occasional travellers


Thuraya and UAE Air Force Sign MoU


Thuraya chalks up plans to launch third satellite in 2007


Thuraya Satellite plans to launch public offer


Thuraya shelves plans to set up new company


Thuraya starts services in Ethiopia


ThurayaDSL commercially launched


Thuraya launches high-speed satellite data


Thuraya profit at Dh96m


Thuraya to get third satellite this year


Thuraya Launches Crew Calling Solution


Thuraya launches services in Kuwait


Thuraya to expand in Asia and Africa


Thuraya launches Maritime Solution


Thuraya extends its services to Tanzania


Thuraya to launch new company


Thuraya to launch new satellite


Thuraya moves satellite to cover more of Asia


Thuraya reports good response


Sea Launch upbeat about Thuraya satellite contract


Thuraya launches "Call for all"


Thuraya achieves coverage area expansion in Africa


Thuraya surges ahead to post Dh14om net profit


Thuraya exceeds sales target, unveils handset


Thuraya services cover high seas


Thuraya to launch new projects in Asia and Africa


Thuraya sets sights on Asian markets


Thuraya inks deal in Sudan


Thuraya aero services ready for launch on business jets


UAE plans satellite for space imagery


Thuraya proves successful in African markets


Thuraya completes traffic diversion to its second satellite


Thuraya orders 100,000 handsets


Thuraya PCOs to be set up in Iraq


Thuraya 2 satellite launch successful


Thuraya 2 launch today


Thuraya to launch its second satellite into orbit


Thuraya-2 satellite off to launch pad


Thuraya, Intracom in payphones tie-up