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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - THURAYA SATELLITE TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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

Thuraya subscribers to top 200,000 by year-end

Posted on 27/04/2003

The Board Chairman of Thuraya, Satellite Telecommunications, Mohammed Mohsin Omran, yesterday said that he predicted the company's subscribers to reach between 180,000 to 200,000 during the current year. In a press conference here, Omran said that the number of subscribers totalled 75,800 by the end of 2002, while that number jumped to 107,000 from the beginning of 2003 until now and was expected to hit 110,000 by the end of April. He said the number of Thuraya mobile telephone sets sent to ...  >>MORE

Thuraya to step up services in Iraq

Posted on 21/04/2003

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co (Thuraya) will step up its services through its service providers in Iraq following the lifting of the ban on Thuraya phones by the U.S. Central Command, Mohammad Omran told Gulf News yesterday. "There is an urgent need for basic telecom services in Iraq and our objective is to fulfil that need. Thuraya is setting up a network of distributors in Iraq," he said. Thuraya has already signed two agreements with its service providers to provide telecom ...  >>MORE

Thuraya to provide Iraq services

Posted on 17/04/2003

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co (Thuraya) has signed agreements with two of its international service providers (ISPs) to provide telecom services in Iraq and is in talks with others for similar agreements. With total outgoing and incoming calls on Thuraya phones in Iraq nearly 100,000 minutes per day, Thuraya plans to offer low tariff by encouraging its service providers to work in Iraq. "Soon, oil, construction and other companies will be starting work in Iraq and they will need ...  >>MORE

Thuraya unveils UAE Direct Service for its customers

Posted on 16/04/2003

Thuraya yesterday announced the introduction of UAE Direct Service for its UAE-registered customers, both post paid and prepaid. This new service enables Thuraya customers whose numbers start with 88216888 to call any UAE telephone number from anywhere across the Thuraya coverage area using ETISALAT's existing prepaid calling cards which are readily available across the region, according to a press release issued. To use Thuraya's UAE Direct Service, customers will have to dial toll free ...  >>MORE

Thuraya becomes latest victim of war restrictions

Posted on 02/04/2003

The UAE Thuraya satellite company has become the latest victim of the war in Iraq as the U.S.-led coalition forces have started to impose curbs on journalists using its sophisticated handsets. Allied commanders justified their action by the fact that the Thuraya satellite phones include an advanced facility that could pinpoint the position of its users and the surrounding areas. The situation was complicated with recent television pictures of three Iraqis arrested by the Iraqi army for spying ...  >>MORE

Thuraya subscriber base hits 100,000

Posted on 30/03/2003

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co. has achieved 100,000 subscribers ahead of time while simultaneously witnessing a surge in traffic in Iraq and Kuwait following the U.S.-led war. Thuraya is also rolling out plans to offer UAE Direct Service shortly. "There has been a surge in traffic in Iraq and Kuwait in the last few days with many using the Thuraya handsets," Yousuf Ali Al Saeed, chief executive of Thuraya, told Gulf News yesterday. Although Thuraya does not have a service provider ...  >>MORE

Thuraya systems in huge demand

Posted on 18/03/2003

For many businesses, a conflict in the neighbourhood is usually a time to hunker down and wait for the weight of events to lift for normality to resume. At the same time, for the international satellite-based communications providers, it is a moment that throws up manifold opportunities with the limelight being placed squarely on the "Hot Spot”. Already, media representatives from across the world are congregating in the Gulf states, and even within Iraq, to get a vantage perspective on the ...  >>MORE

Thuraya, Boeing set to talk

Posted on 10/03/2003

Thuraya will have talks with Boeing later this month to fix a launch schedule for its second satellite, according to its chief executive. "No dates have been set so far, but the launch should be within the next few months," said Mohammed Omran. "We intend to go with the same partner, Sea Launch, for putting the second into orbit." The official added that no plans have been framed as regards the launch schedule for the third satellite, building of which has started in the U.S. Capacity ...  >>MORE

Thuraya signs up 85,000

Posted on 10/02/2003

Subscribers to Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co. totalled 85,000 by end January, with the subscription rate nearly doubling during the month. "They indicate that Thuraya has indeed achieved a level of product and brand awareness that is causing the subscription multiplier effect," said Mohammed Omran, chairman. "Our products are becoming more known mainly through word of mouth publicity as satisfied customers promote us to others." Increasingly, Thuraya handsets are used as both ...  >>MORE

Thuraya embarks on mega India project

Posted on 25/01/2003

Thuraya has embarked on a rural fixed telephone project in India, but will continue to pursue its plans to roll out mobile commercial services in the huge Indian market, a top company official said. Meanwhile, Thuraya's subscribers have touched 81,000 with another 75,000 to be added this year following commercial services in nearly 70 countries. Yousuf Ali Al Saeed, chief executive of Thuraya told "Gulf News”, the company is in talks with more than two groups in India to launch a rural ...  >>MORE

New Thuraya satellite by mid-year

Posted on 22/01/2003

Thuraya's second satellite will be launched in the second quarter of this year, and the construction of the third has begun, a top company official confirmed yesterday. And in a new development, Thuraya is planning to launch its services on aircraft and is close to signing an agreement with a firm. Yousuf Ali Al Saeed, chief executive of Thuraya told Gulf News the launch of Thuraya 2 will now be after April depending on the readiness of the launchers. "It will be during second quarter this ...  >>MORE

Thuraya rings up rapid growth

Posted on 22/11/2002

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co has achieved rapid growth by selling more than 100,000 handsets and 62,000 working lines, a top official said. "We expect sales of handsets to reach 120,000 by the end of this year and working lines to reach about 75,000 to 80,000. It is very encouraging for us," Thuraya Chairman Mohammed Omran said. Thuraya's second satellite is scheduled to be launched in January or February and Boeing Satellite System will build the third GEO-Mobile communications ...  >>MORE

Thuraya offers world's first toll-free satellite service

Posted on 05/11/2002

Thuraya and ComoreTel, a global toll-free services company, yesterday announced the world's first international toll-free service to operate over a major satellite network. The pact extends ComoreTel's Global 269 international toll-free solutions to all of Thuraya's coverage area - a landmass covering some of the remotest parts of Europe, Middle East, Africa, the CIS and South Asia, inhabited by 2.3 billion people. Communications Service Providers are now able to offer their customers a single ...  >>MORE

Thuraya in talks to restructure debt

Posted on 15/10/2002

Talks are still underway with the creditor financial institutions to restructure Thuraya's remaining debt component, according to Mohammed Omran, chairman of UAE-based Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company. The consortium is led by ANZ Grindlays with the total debt being over US$450 million. The company expects to attain breakeven by 2004, or even earlier given the current growth rate being achieved on coverage expansion and airtime usage, the official added. Thuraya Satellite ...  >>MORE

Thuraya strives to launch new satellite in October

Posted on 23/07/2002

Thuraya is pushing ahead with plans to launch its second satellite on time in October after initial revenue from the first satellite surpassed expectations, its executive director said yesterday. Jamal Al Jarwan said Abu Dhabi-based Thuraya, owned by several Arab and foreign companies, had planned the second launch after three years, but moved it forward to face growing demand for its services in the region and other countries. Jarwan said feasibility studies for the Thuraya project in 1996 ...  >>MORE

Thuraya adopts Vertscape's CRM solution

Posted on 15/07/2002

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company has selected Vertscape's Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution through the XeRM eBusiness suite to enhance interactions with service providers and customers. Vertscape's innovative solution offers Thuraya a single web-based interface for quicker communication on a global level, according to a news release from Vertscape. The interactive communication system provided by Vertscape runs on Internet technologies and can be universally ...  >>MORE

Third Thuraya satellite to cost Dh551m

Posted on 04/07/2002

Thuraya's third satellite acquisition and launch will be financed fully from internal resources, according to a senior official. The bill for the new satellite, to be delivered by U.S. aerospace giant Boeing, is estimated to be over Dh550.5 million (US$150 million). Plans for the launch date, coverage area and orbital location are being worked on. The satellite would function both as back-up to existing capacity and for expansion of coverage. Its second satellite, also built by Boeing, will ...  >>MORE

Boeing to build third satellite for Thuraya

Posted on 19/06/2002

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co has ordered a third satellite from Boeing as a back-up for the second satellite that is due for launch early next year, a top company official confirmed. The third satellite will serve to meet the ambitious expansion plans of Thuraya. The estimated cost of the third satellite is in the range of US$160 to US$170 million. The signing is expected to take place shortly. The first satellite, now in orbit, has some defects. "But this is not the issue for ...  >>MORE

Thuraya to launch services in Saudi Arabia

Posted on 06/05/2002

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Corporation will start providing services in Saudi Arabia by the end of May, taking the number of countries using Thuraya services to 80, Chairman Mohammed Al Omran told Al Khaleej. Omran said Thuraya's plans include expanding services to cover another 10 countries within a month. The number subscribers to Thuraya services is expected to rise to 100,000 by 2002 end from the current 40,000. He said Thuraya satellite phone sales totalled 50,000 since the ...  >>MORE

Thuraya achieves impressive growth

Posted on 05/05/2002

Entry to new regional markets, increase in number of users as well as average calls per user, and the just launched indoor usage facility has helped Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co (Thuraya) to rack up impressive growth. With revenues from 35 commercially operational markets since the launch in July last year and some 55 service provider agreements in place, "Thuraya is just entering the growth stage which should last for two years," executive manager for business development, Jamal ...  >>MORE

Thuraya signs deals with four countries

Posted on 23/04/2002

Thuraya has extended its service provision network into additional areas after it signed agreements with Liberia and Djibouti in Africa and Monaco and Germany in Europe. With these, the total list of Thuraya service providers has jumped to 55, the company said. The agreement with Germany opens up access within the continent to key corporate accounts as its role in the international arena is well recognised, said Yousuf Al Sayed, Thuraya chief executive. France Telecom Mobile Satellite ...  >>MORE

Thuraya catches Afghans' fancy

Posted on 10/04/2002

With its telecommunications infrastructure still non-existent, Thuraya handsets are becoming the popular mode of communications in Afghanistan. In the six months since November, a month after the war started, an estimated 2,600 Thuraya handsets have been used across Afghanistan, according to a senior market source. According to estimates, by the end of this year, the numbers could swell to between 5,000-6,000 units. Interestingly, the UAE-based Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co has yet to ...  >>MORE

Thuraya to launch second satellite early next year

Posted on 06/04/2002

UAE's Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co (Thuraya) will launch its second satellite early 2003, enabling extension of services to more countries and giving existing customers better back-up, a top official confirmed. The company board, last week, ratified a decision to launch the second satellite early next year, and also finalised the orbital location of the satellite, Mohammed Omran, Thuraya's chairman told Gulf News. The satellite, built by Boeing, will have its orbital location 28.5 ...  >>MORE

Thuraya to boost client base in '02

Posted on 10/02/2002

Abu Dhabi-based Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co said yesterday it was pushing to expand its client base so that it could meet scheduled debt repayments in 2002 after last year's wobbly start. Thuraya, which entered the competitive satellite telecoms sector in July 2001 with almost US$1 billion in funding, fell sharply behind its client base target of more than 100,000 last year due to a nine-month start-up delay. Chairman Mohammad Omran said the firm was banking on demand in Saudi ...  >>MORE

Boeing inks mega deal with Thuraya

Posted on 22/01/2002

Thuraya yesterday announced it has signed a landmark agreement signalling its full acceptance of the turnkey US$1 billion Thuraya mobile satellite telecommunications system built for it by U.S. aerospace giant Boeing. The agreement was concluded at Thuraya's primary gateway station in Sharjah between Thuraya and Boeing Satellite Systems with sub-contractor Hughes Network Systems. The Thuraya system is the first mobile integrated communication systems designed by Boeing." (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Thuraya sells 30,000 handsets

Posted on 07/01/2002

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co (Thuraya) has sold some 30,000 handsets of which 14,000 are direct users currently. The company plans to roll out commercial services in the larger markets of its coverage area such as Algeria, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey by next month and India by year-end. Thuraya launched its satellite successfully in October 2000 and launched commercial services in July 2001. The services were launched in Pakistan late last month, and although there is no ...  >>MORE

Pakistan starts Thuraya commercial services

Posted on 31/12/2001

Pakistan today started providing Thuraya commercial services as part of the gradual services rollout in the coverage area spanning Europe, North & Central Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia & the South Asia. Speaking on this occasion, Thuraya's Chairman Mohammad Omran said that Thuraya will provide its customers in Pakistan with high quality mobile telecommunications services including voice, data & fax up to 9.6 kbps, SMS and GPS, adding that customers will also be able to make use of all ...  >>MORE

Thuraya unveils e-shop

Posted on 20/10/2001

Thuraya has launched its e-shop to sell its mobile phones and service online. The e-commerce initiative enables buyers to purchase Thuraya phones and accessories as well as to buy prepaid SIM cards and scratch cards that can be used to replenish air-time. Vertscape Inc, a pioneer in Web-based application services in the GCC region, is the technology platform provider while Comtrust, the e-business unit of ETISALAT, along with National Bank of Abu Dhabi provided the integrated payment gateway. ...  >>MORE

Thuraya to cover 30 nations by month-end

Posted on 13/10/2001

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company, which provides services to all Arabs and will help them enter a new technology era which was monopolised by the West, has received substantial support from Arab and other Middle Eastern countries, said a senior official yesterday. The number of Thuraya system's users will be 30 countries - GCC countries, Pakistan, Sudan, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Algeria, Tunisia, Iran, Greece, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Denmark, Italy and Britain, by the end of ...  >>MORE

Thuraya says demand for handsets exceeds predictions

Posted on 24/09/2001

Now that Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co's services are available in 22 countries, there is strong demand for its handsets from the region's oil and gas sector, a top official said. Thuraya is in advanced negotiations with some private distributors in the UAE for handsets and pre-paid services. Currently, Emirates Telecommunications Corp (ETISALAT) is sole distributor "There is growing demand from the oil and gas sectors in the UAE, Qatar and Algeria, where the fields are located in ...  >>MORE

Thuraya signs License Agreement in Jordan

Posted on 23/09/2001

A License Agreement was signed in Amman, between Thuraya and the Jordanian Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) in the presence of Dr Fawaz Zu'bi Minister of Post and communications and Chairman of TRC. The agreement was signed by Mamoun Balqar, Director General of the Jordanian Telecommunications Regulatory Commission and Mr Yousuf Al Sayed, Thuraya's Chief Executive. According to the signed agreement, Thuraya will have full rights to operate in Jordan and to provide its services ...  >>MORE

Thuraya obtains license agreement in Pakistan

Posted on 09/09/2001

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd, Thuraya's Service Provider in Pakistan, has obtained GMPCS License Agreement in Pakistan, a step that will further reinforce Thuraya's position in the region. The signed agreements grants Thuraya full rights to operate in Pakistan and to provide its services to customers. The License Agreement was signed in Islamabad between Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. The agreement was signed by Nooruddin ...  >>MORE

Thuraya eyes ambitious expansion

Posted on 18/08/2001

Thuraya, which stormed into the competitive field of satellite telecom last month, plans to expand its 100-country network as early as next year. Last October, the firm - which had US$1.1 billion in funding - launched its first high-power GEO-mobile satellite, built by Boeing Satellite Systems with a footprint encompassing Europe, Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent and North and Central Africa. Thuraya's service started in July. Chief Executive Yousuf Al-Sayed said another satellite, also ...  >>MORE

Thuraya outlines call, handset costs

Posted on 01/08/2001

Handsets of the Thuraya satellite phone will cost UAE subscribers Dh2,430 if bought from ETISALAT, the service provider in the country, Thuraya sources said. The price is valid for both the Hughes and Ascom handsets which offer the same features. The total cost of subscribing to the service is Dh2,592, which includes Dh110 as cost of service activation and Dh52 as monthly rental. Call charges from the UAE to other destinations has been fixed as follows (per minute): Calls from UAE ...  >>MORE

Thuraya inks service provider deal with Spanish Satlink

Posted on 21/07/2001

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company is continuing to reinforce its position in the European market with the addition of Satlink as its Service Provider in Spain. The Service Provider agreement was signed at a special ceremony held at Thuraya's headquarters in Abu Dhabi. The agreement was signed between Thuraya and Satlink by Thuraya's Chairman Mohammad Omran and Luis Diaz del Rio President of Satlink. Present at the signing ceremony were Yousuf Al Sayed Thuraya's Chief Executive ...  >>MORE

Thuraya signs service provider pact

Posted on 17/07/2001

Thuraya and OmanTel signed a Service Provider (SP) agreement at OmanTel's headquarters in Muscat, which will give OmanTel the marketing and distribution rights to represent Thuraya's satellite-based services in the Omani market. According to sources at Thuraya, this would include the sale of hand-sets, customer connections, issuing of SIM cards, and other customer service management aspects. The agreement was signed by OmanTel's Chief Executive, Abdulla bin Isa Al Rawahi, and Thuraya's Chairman ...  >>MORE

Thuraya signs License Agreement in Egypt

Posted on 16/07/2001

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company is continuing to reinforce its position as a leading mobile satellite operator in the region with the signing of the License Agreement in Egypt. The License Agreement was signed between the Egyptian Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and Thuraya in Cairo in the presence of H.E. Dr Ahmed Nazif, Minister of Communications and Information Technology. The agreement was signed by Mr Mohammad Omran, Thuraya's Chairman and Eng Fekrya Allam, ...  >>MORE

Thuraya puts services on launch pad

Posted on 15/07/2001

In keeping with its planned schedule, the UAE's Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co, Thuraya, launches its commercial services in 20 countries this week, according to Mohammed Omran, Chairman. He noted that Thuraya's commercial launch will mark an auspicious service launch for the largest telecommunications project in the Middle East. After commercial launch, 40,000 Thuraya mobile phones will go live in different markets. Having signed bout 40 service provider agreements thus far, the ...  >>MORE

Thuraya Signs up TM SAT as Service Provider in Russia

Posted on 08/07/2001

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company has scored another success in the coverage area by forging a commercial alliance with TM SAT as its Service Provider in Russia. The Service Provider agreement was signed between Thuraya and TM SAT by Thuraya's Chairman Mohammad Omran and Oleg V. Olefirenko, Chairman of TM SAT. Present at the signing ceremony were Nikolay V. Prokhorov, TM SAT's Chief Executive and other senior officials from both companies. According to the Service Provider ...  >>MORE

Thuraya cellphones to offer new features

Posted on 03/06/2001

Two new innovative additions that will enhance the operation of the Thuraya mobile phone will be available shortly. While the vehicular docking adapter, VAD, will provide for recharging and in-vehicle operation, the home docking unit, (Hodu), will enable use of the phone indoors in remote areas. Meanwhile, Thuraya which is already in the soft launch phase in the UAE and some other countries will start commercial services from this month-end. The VDA has an integrated speakerphone, radio mute ...  >>MORE

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Thuraya, Intracom in payphones tie-up


Thuraya subscribers to top 200,000 by year-end


Thuraya to step up services in Iraq


Thuraya to provide Iraq services


Thuraya unveils UAE Direct Service for its customers


Thuraya becomes latest victim of war restrictions


Thuraya subscriber base hits 100,000


Thuraya systems in huge demand


Thuraya, Boeing set to talk


Thuraya signs up 85,000


Thuraya embarks on mega India project


New Thuraya satellite by mid-year


Thuraya rings up rapid growth


Thuraya offers world's first toll-free satellite service


Thuraya in talks to restructure debt


Thuraya strives to launch new satellite in October


Thuraya adopts Vertscape's CRM solution


Third Thuraya satellite to cost Dh551m


Boeing to build third satellite for Thuraya


Thuraya to launch services in Saudi Arabia


Thuraya achieves impressive growth


Thuraya signs deals with four countries


Thuraya catches Afghans' fancy


Thuraya to launch second satellite early next year


Thuraya to boost client base in '02


Boeing inks mega deal with Thuraya


Thuraya sells 30,000 handsets


Pakistan starts Thuraya commercial services


Thuraya unveils e-shop


Thuraya to cover 30 nations by month-end


Thuraya says demand for handsets exceeds predictions


Thuraya signs License Agreement in Jordan


Thuraya obtains license agreement in Pakistan


Thuraya eyes ambitious expansion


Thuraya outlines call, handset costs


Thuraya inks service provider deal with Spanish Satlink


Thuraya signs service provider pact


Thuraya signs License Agreement in Egypt


Thuraya puts services on launch pad


Thuraya Signs up TM SAT as Service Provider in Russia


Thuraya cellphones to offer new features