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Thuraya Enhances IP Services in Asia via Point Of Presence in Singapore

05/31/2012

Abu Dhabi (May 31, 2012) - Thuraya Telecommunications Company, the leading international mobile satellite operator today announced that it has established a Point Of Presence (POP) and Meet Me Point (MMP) in Singapore, enhancing the performance of its high-speed broadband terminal, Thuraya IP, in the region. The POP guarantees IP consumers, especially media broadcasters, faster and cost effective streaming services from the remotest location to newsrooms and data centers anywhere in Asia.

Thuraya has deployed the infrastructure to allow its Asian consumers to streamline and relay encrypted data to end destinations with guaranteed service quality. "We have installed direct leased lines from our Primary Gateway in the United Arab Emirates to Singapore," confirmed Thuraya's Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Samer Halawi. "Now streaming traffic from Asia will be routed to our Singapore POP, which has dedicated end-to-end links, enabling faster streaming and better upload and download speeds. This facility together with the Asymmetric Streaming capability makes Thuraya's IP services extremely cost effective, since our customers pay only for the last mile connectivity to the POP from their studios in the region," he concluded.

At just half the size of a laptop, Thuraya IP is the smallest and most powerful satellite data terminal in the world, delivering an ideal 384 kbps streaming and 444 kbps standard IP. It guarantees instant live, store and forward video/audio streaming when teamed with media IP applications such as Quicklink, Streambox and Livewire.

Thuraya IP's Asymmetric Streaming functionality enables media teams to adjust speeds according to bandwidth usage, ensuring instant savings of up to 40% in comparison with other broadband solutions. In addition, Thuraya offers flexible pricing options as part of its Shareplan package that permit sharing of airtime allowances under a single subscription across all Thuraya voice and data devices, further reducing costs.

Packing the power of a large OB van and a technician in a single A-5 sized terminal, Thuraya IP removes the need to book large chunks of unneeded satellite capacity in advance. It is equipped with a built-in antenna and can be fitted with multiple external antennas -- fixed, vehicular and maritime -- depending on user requirements. Journalists need only point Thuraya IP towards the satellite, wait for the network acquisition signal, which happens in seconds, and plug wirelessly into their laptop to commence operations.

About Thuraya Telecommunications Company (www.thuraya.com)
Thuraya is a leading international mobile satellite services operator that provides quality and value communications solutions in more than 140 countries across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

Thuraya's portfolio encompasses data, voice and maritime products and solutions that support dual GSM and satellite mode and advanced applications, to provide people and businesses with constant connectivity when they need it most. Thuraya specifically offers state-of-the-art satellite communications solutions for vertical sectors such as energy, media, government, NGOs and the maritime community.

Thuraya is the only MSS operator to have sold in excess of 600,000 satellite handheld phones. The Company has pioneered advanced solutions such as Thuraya XT-DUAL, the most advanced dual mode satellite phone that features both GSM and satellite capabilities, Thuraya XT, which is the smallest and toughest satellite phone and Thuraya IP the fastest and smallest satellite broadband terminal to support 444 Kbps standard IP.

Thuraya's robust, powerful satellite network enables two-thirds of the globe's population to communicate clearly and effectively in areas underserved by terrestrial networks. Thuraya's roaming agreements with over 350 operators globally provide our consumers with access across the globe.

Thuraya was founded in 1997 by a consortium of leading national telecommunications operators and reputed international investment firms, and is the world's leading provider of mobile satellite handhelds in its coverage area.

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For more information, please contact:
Thuraya's Corporate Communications Department
Thuraya Telecommunications Co.
P. O. Box 283333 Dubai, UAE
Tel: 971-4-4488-888
Fax: 971-4-4488-899
Email: [email protected]

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