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Thuraya-3 Satellite Successfully Launched to Orbit by Sea Launch
As Part of Successful Diversification Strategy, THURAYA Launches High-Speed Satellite Data Service “THURAYA DSL”
12th April, 2005
Dubai, UAE: 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 available across the whole regional coverage of Thuraya spanning more than 120 countries in Europe, North and Central Africa, large parts of Southern Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia.
ThurayaDSL is a user-friendly service, based on a notebook-sized plug-and-play device that offers a speed up to 144 kbps on a shared channel. Simply, this terminal, which is SIM card operated, needs to be connected via Ethernet to a notebook or a computer for a normal Internet/data usage.
Thuraya's CEO Mr. Yousuf Al Sayed said ThurayaDSL will complement the Company's existing range of services and solutions geared towards key customers in major corporates, oil and gas operations, NGOs, business travelers, media and other users of data applications.
ThurayaDSL offers a similar experience to that in terrestrial Internet service at office or home, providing a broad range of applications such as Email, Internet, web browsing, File Transfer Protocol, Virtual Private Network and other data facilities.
“The real attraction in this offering is two things: first, it is highly affordable; and second, we are also introducing with it an innovative packaging concept constituting a new value for the mobile satellite industry, especially in the ‘unlimited usage' aspect” added Mr. Al Sayed.
He explained that the service would be offered on both Post-paid and Prepaid bases. In view of the varying sizes and work nature of customers, Thuraya has come up with four Postpaid service packages: Light, Plenty, Extra and Unlimited, reflecting different usage volumes and price denominations. There is a fixed monthly subscription fee and a service charge per Megabyte on actual usage that includes some free usage Megabytes on a monthly basis.
“As such, the higher the customer's usage volume, the lower will be his usage price,” said Mr. Al Sayed.
Mr. Al Sayed said Thuraya has made substantial investment in the GPRS ground infrastructure technology, and that ThurayaDSL is the first product in the Company's GPRS program that is set to position Thuraya as a key player in the satellite broadband market in the coming few years. “Plans for more advanced data applications are already underway,” he emphasized.
Talking of distribution of the new service, he pointed out, “One of our key strengths is that we have an extensive distribution chain comprising more than 100 Service Providers across our vast regional coverage. This makes it much easier and faster for us to offer new services immediately in most, if not all, our markets,” he elaborated.
Once launched, ThurayaDSL will be immediately available from all Thuraya's SP outlets.
Thuraya provides cost-effective satellite-based communication solutions in urban centres, as well as remote areas and villages and seas beyond terrestrial telecom networks. It offers mobile and fixed telephony, rural telephony solutions in remote area, maritime communications, fleet management & vehicle tracking, and satellite Internet services across a vast footprint of more than 120 countries.
THURAYA PAKISTAN DERBY 2004
|The THURAYA PAKISTAN Derby 2004 Trophy|
|Jubilant spectators at the horse races||Entrance to Lahore Race Club|
|Start of Race||Close finish of the THURAYA Pakistan Derby 2004|
|Jockey Shahid Rehman the winner of the THURAYA Pakistan Derby 2004, with the winning horse "Naseeb"||Chairman THURAYA Brig. Mukhtar Ahmed Presenting shield to Jockey Shahid Rehman|
|Group Photo of Brig Mukhtar Ahmed Chairman THURAYA with the THURAYA team||Malik Hamid Ali Noon receives the trophy for the THURAYA Pakistan Derby 2004|
THURAYA in ITCN ASIA 2003 AT EXPO CENTER KARACHI
|Mr. Naveed Saeed of THURAYA briefs Mr. Ishrat ul Abad Governor Sindh about THURAYA Products at ITCN Asia 2003 Exhibition.||Mr. Naveed Saeed of THURAYA briefs Mr. Ishrat ul Abad Governor Sindh about THURAYA Products at ITCN Asia 2003 Exhibition.|
|Dr. Omar C.E.O Dubai Internet City visits the THURAYA Stall alongwith Mr. Faisal Munir C.E.O THURAYA Pakistan and Area Manager THURAYA UAE Mr. Mohamed Humaid.||Awais Leghari, Minister for IT and Telecommunication discusses future prospects of THURAYA Payphone in Pakistan with Mr. Mohamed Humaid.|
|Mr. Farooq Nabi Malik of THURAYA stands attentively at the THURAYA stall.||A Display of THURAYA Products|
THURAYA AT 'IT and TELECOM ASIA' 2003 IN PC LAHORE
|A THURAYA Display at the entrance of the Exhibition||Awais Leghari, Minister for IT and Telecommunication, Gen (R), Shahzada Alam Malik, Chairman PTA and Naveed Saeed exchanging views at IT Asia 2003 exhibition held at a local hotel|
|Mr. Faisal Munir, Chief Executive Officer THURAYA and Mr. Asad Nawaz Khan at the Exhibition||Mr. Zafar Mahmood of THURAYA stands attentively at the THURAYA stall|
SPANIS EXPEDITION CLIMING K-2
|An image of K2 - The Highest Peak of Pakistan transmitted via THURAYA Satellite Mobile Phone||Spanish Mountaineers expedition staying in touch with the world through THURAYA Satellite Mobile Phone|
THURAYA DELEGATION FROM UAE VISITS PAKISTAN
|Mr. Mohamed Humaid Ahmed and Mr. Abdallah Touhami with THURAYA team at the Islamabad Sales & Service Centre||Mr. Mohamed Humaid Ahmed Country Manager and Mr. Abdallah Touhami Area Manager visits Pakistan|
THURAYA 2 LAUNCHED SUCCESSFULLY
June 11, 2003
Abu-Dhabi, UAE- THURAYA has successfully launched its second satellite, the THURAYA-2 into geosynchronous orbit yesterday, thereby expanding its capacity and opening up new opportunities in its service and application offerings.
The THURAYA-2 satellite, placed into a position of 28.5 degrees East, will undergo strenuous orbit testing over the coming weeks. It will then be repositioned closer to THURAYA-1, which now stands at 44 degrees East, in readiness for its new operational requirements.
The THURAYA-2 satellite was put into orbit yesterday by Sea Launch, which also deployed THURAYA-1 in 2000. The spacecraft separated from the launch vehicle about one hour and 40 minutes after the launch. This was followed minutes later by the receipt of its first signals to a Telemetry, Tracking and Control Station at Uralla, Australia, confirming normal operation.
"We are extremely pleased with the success of THURAYA 2. It will build on our current achievements, and enable us to substantially expand our satellite capacity. It will open up new directions of growth; whether we want to bolster capacity in some areas, expand into new markets, or diversify into new satellite based applications," said THURAYA's Chairman Mohammad Omran.
Speaking on the occasion, Dave Ryan, president of BSSI said; " The newest light in the heavens is THURAYA-2, a mobile communications satellite that will help connect users on the move within a vast area of the globe. A thorough check-out on orbit lies ahead for the satellite, and we are confident that it will soon take its place as a vital long term asset supporting THURAYA's future growth."
The THURAYA-2, designed to operate for 12 years, is a Boeing GEO-Mobile model satellite built by Boeing Satellite Systems of El Segundo, California. BSS also designed and built the ground system and supplied handsets for the THURAYA network.
|The rocket is erected in preparation for lift off||The THURAYA-2 satellite, encapsulated in its payload fairing, is rolled out of the Sea Launch Payload Processing Facility. It is transferred to the Assembly and Command Ship, where it is mated with the Zenit-3SL rocket.|
THURAYA AT TELECOM EXIHIBITION 2003 IN PC LAHORE
|THURAYA Team at the THURAYA Display Stall from Left to Right 1) Mr. Babar Azhar 2) Mr. Hafeez ur Rehman 3) Mr. Naveed Saeed 4) Mr. Kashif 5) Mr. Zafer||Mr. Naveed Saeed receiving shield from Mr. Shahzada Alam - Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority|
|The visitors keenly showing their interest in THURAYA Products & Services||Mr. Irfan Akram Director Commercial Paktel at the THURAYA Display Stall|
THURAYA SPONSORS THE LAHORE POLO CLUB
|Struggle for the ball||Players in action|
|A THURAYA team member changes a horse during the match||The THURAYA polo team from Left to Right|
1- Mr. Sufi Muhammad Amir (Captain)
2- Mr. Sufi Muhammad Haris
3- Mr. Raja Sattar 4- Mr. Ashfaq Ahmed
|The THURAYA Captain taking the credit for the team performance||Mr. Sufi Muhammad Haris in action|
THURAYA SPONSORS NATIONAL GRASS TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP 2002
|Briefing at the Press Conference||Mr. Faisal Munir C.E.O inaugurates the tournament|
|Players competing for the top slot||Mr. Faisal Munir C.E.O and Mr. Asad Nawaz Khan Director alongwith participants of the tournament|
THURAYA SPONSORS JUNAID JAMSHED CONCERT
|Junaid Jamshed performing on the occasion||THURAYA team on stage with the Event Host|
|Vigilant THURAYA team members passing out information from the THURAYA Kiosk at the event||Gift hampers being awarded to the Winners of the THURAYA quiz on the occasion|
CHAIRMAN THURAYA VISIT TO PAKISTAN
|Mr. Mohammad Omran of U.A.E, Chairman THURAYA being escorted from the helipad by General Manager Pearl Continental hotel Bhurbun.||Mr. Mohammad Omran Chairman THURAYA and Mr. JamalAl Jarwan Assistant Executive Business Development alongwith the manag- ement team of THURAYA Pakistan being war- mely received at the helipad by the manag- ement of Pearl Continental hotel Bhurbun.|
|Chairman THURAYA Mr. Mohammad Omran of U.A.E, visits the sales & service center at Lahore.||Chairman THURAYA Mr. Mohammad Omran of U.A.E, visits the sales & service center at Lahore.|
THURAYA MARKS FIRST YEAR OF LAUNCHING COMMERCIAL SERVICE
|Mr. Ch. Mohammad Munir with Mr. Imran Qureshi, Ms. Sana Bagresh and Ms. Shreen Al Faheem||Addressing the press Mr. Faisal Munir, Mr. Imran Qureshi Ms. Shreen Al Faheem|
|Seen in the picture Mr. Mian Javed (ex - chairman PTA), Mr. Arshad Khan (CEO Ufone), Mr. Robert Lee (CCO Mobilink), Mr. Al Barry (President Mobilink).||THURAYA Team|