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Mobile Satellite Users Association December 5, 2016
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President's Message
Catherine A. Melquist 


This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Samer Halawi, CEO of Thuraya, an MSUA corporate member and early leader in satellite mobility.  Samer discusses development of the Middle East, Asia, Africa and European regional markets, FUTURA - Thuraya's next generation capability, the convergence of satellite and GSM and a New Wave of Internet of Things. Many thanks to Samer for taking time to share his news and views on the mobility market place.  

Catherine:  Thuraya is an early leader in the satellite mobility market and there’s been a lot of recent press about your plans for taking the business forward.  Before we get into the details about your news, let’s talk about Thuraya’s start in the mobility market.

Samer:  Thank you, Catherine. It’s helpful to set the scene, while we prepare ourselves for the next chapter in the Thuraya story with our next generation capability plans.

Thuraya is a leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider. We deliver data and voice connectivity across the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe – 161 countries and two thirds of the globe. The sectors we serve include maritime, government, energy and broadcast media, alongside humanitarian NGOs. Our network covers two thirds of the globe by satellite, while our unique GSM roaming capabilities (and we have roaming agreements with 371 terrestrial operators in 175 countries) give us global coverage.

 



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Thuraya’s story can be divided into three phases, if we include moving forward with FUTURA, our next generation capability plans, as the third of these. We began in 1997, as the first MSS operator in the Middle East, founded by regional telecommunications operators aiming at complementing terrestrial coverage. We operate from our head office in Dubai and our Primary Gateway technical facilities in Sharjah, and we have another office in Singapore. We are set to add another office at the start of 2017, in Washington D.C.

Our two current satellites were launched in 2003 and 2008, by which time we had already established our reputation for top quality, innovative handsets.

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MSUA MEMBER NEWS

Cobham & Harris Corp. Build New Test and Alignment Software
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Panasonic is direct about going indirect for business aviation
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Iridium OpenPort in the Arctic Regions
Satellite PR News; November 27, 2016
 
Panasonic Avionics Partners With Safety Line to Deliver Airline Fuel Savings
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AST Announced as a Go-to-Market Partner for Iridium® Push-to-Talk
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Iridium’s Matt Desch: Falcon 9 Stage 1 Booster Delivered to California
GovConWire; Dominique Stump; November 29, 2016
 
Q&A | Inmarsat’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch on shifts in government demand, Global Xpress and Inmarsat 6
SpaceNews; Caleb Henry; November 29, 2016
 
Thuraya's Dual Mode Makes SIM SIMple ... Talia Now Offers Two Worlds In One Phone
SatNews; November 29, 2016
 
Iridium and Boeing Restructure Relationship to Help Ensure Smooth Transition into the Iridium NEXT Era
SpaceRef; November 30, 2016
 
New Satellite Communications System For Workboats
Marine Electronics; Michelle Howard; November 30, 2016
 
Aireon, FlightAware, SITA partner for global flight tracking coverage
ATW Online; Mark Nensei; November 30, 2016


Intelsat Named 'Disruptive Innovator of the Year' at Global SatShow
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SpeedCast reveals ship network management
Marine Electronics and Communications; Martyn Wingrove; November 30, 2016
 
Iridium Projects Mid-December SpaceX Launch Of Its Next-Generation Satellites
The Wall Street Journal; Andy Pasztor; December 1, 2016
 
Thuraya wins Satellite Humanitarian of the Year award at Global SatShow
Satellite PR News; December 1, 2016
 
LeoSat and Globalsat Group Sign Strategic Worldwide Agreement
Space Daily; December 1, 2016
 
A Big Role for Small Satellite Terminals
Signal Magazine; Sandra Jontz; December 1, 2016 
 
#PaxEx Podcast: Diving into big data as IoT of aviation takes flight
Runway Girl Network; Mary Kirby; December 1, 2016 
 
General Electric Wind Energy Deploys Globalstar’s Spot in EMEA and Asia
Via Satellite; Veronica Magan; December 1, 2016
 
Marlink and Telemar to create the world’s leading maritime communications, digital solutions and servicing group
Hellenic Shipping News; December 1, 2016
 
Globalsat Group obtains license for all Inmarsat services through its Mexican affiliate MultiSAT
PRWeb; December 2, 2016
 
SpeedCast (ASX:SDA) Awards a Multi-year Service Contract for VSAT Services in the North Sea
ABN Newswire; December 2, 2016


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LATEST INDUSTRY NEWS

Chicago Start-Up Aims to Help Networks Keep Up with OTT
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; November 23, 2016
 
China Launches Tianlian I-04 Satellite, Bolsters Data Relay Network
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; November 23, 2016
 
ASC Releases High-Wind Version of Nomadic Antenna
Via Satellite; Juliet Van Wagenen; November 23, 2016
 
Reliability expected to improve at the Trail airport this winter
Arrow Lakes New; November 24, 2016
 
U.S. Military Calls for Cooperation on Space Junk
Inverse; Jacqueline Ronson; November 24, 2016
 
Satcom Global Has A Terrific Aura...And A VSAT Solution As Well
SatNews; November 24, 2016
 
Rescued from the ultimate digital detox by satellite technology
The Daily Mail; November 24, 2016
 
The installed base of active cargo tracking units will reach 8.1 million by 2020
IoT Business News; November 25, 2016
 
SpaceX to launch ocean-monitoring NASA satellite in 2021
Engadget; Nick Summers; November 25, 2016
 
Zeaborn plans VSAT and ecdis deployment
Marine Electronics and Communications; Martyn Wingrove; November 25, 2016
 
Spire deploys four satellites from Cygnus
SpaceNews; Jeff Foust; November 26, 2016
 
New Maritime Group Will Result From Apax Partners Acquisition Of Telemar Group
SatNews; November 28, 2016
 
According To NSR, An Optimistic Future For the M2M/IoT Industry
SatNews; November 28, 2016
 
Experts To Assemble In London For The In-Flight Online Revolution
SatNews; November 28, 2016
 
Rising VSAT demand drives investment and consolidation
Passenger Ship Technology; November 28, 2016
 
Atlas 5 rocket to finish year with commercial broadband satellite launch
Spaceflight Now; Justin Ray; November 28, 2016
 
EAN broadband flight tests exceed expectations
ATW Online; Victoria Moores; November 29, 2016
 
Rockwell Collins Unveils New Head-Mounted Display Platform for Defense Trainees
ExecutiveBiz; Jane Edwards; November 29, 2016
 
Funding For ADS-B & AIS Signals Smallsat Constellation Secured
SatNews; November 29, 2016
 
GNSS Improvements for Offshore Applications
Hydro International; November 29, 2016

China Launches X-Ray Pulsar Navigation 1 (XPNAV) Satellite To Take Mars Mission Forward
Science World Report; Savitha .C.Muppala; November 29, 2016


MEC executive interview: Satcom Global CEO Ian Robinson
Marine Electronics and Communications; Martyn Wingrove; November 29, 2016
 
DARPA group will promote best practices for using robots to make satellite repairs in space
GeekWire; Kurt Schlosser; November 29, 2016
 
RUAG's 'To Do List' For OneWeb... Get Busy Building 900 Satellite Structures
SatNews; November 30, 2016
 
Flyht and GAMECO finalise aircraft MRO deal
Aerospace-technology; November 30, 2016
 
Japan To Launch First Of Three Military Communication Satellites On January 24
DefenseWorld.Net; November 30, 2016
 
AeroMobile has connected over one million flights since its launch
Arabian Aerospace; November 30, 2016
 
Europe EGNOS technology sold to South Korea
GPS World; November 30, 2016
 
StandardAero Blazes New Trail for Business Aviation with Honeywell JetWave Ka Band STC
AviationPros; November 30, 2016
 
Pentagon ready to launch first upgraded WGS satellite
SpaceNews; Phillip Swarts; November 30, 2016
 
DigiRig Exec Analyzes Prospects for O&G Market
Via Satellite; Adrienne Harebottle, Mark Holmes; November 30, 2016
 
BP and ExxonMobil request fuel monitors for workboats
Marine Electronics and Communications; Martyn Wingrove; November 30, 2016
 
Enhancing capabilities and keeping spirits up despite choppy waters
Seatrade Maritime News; December 1, 2016
 
Rockwell Collins' avionics system selected to modernize Chilean navy's P-3 Orion
Military Embedded Systems; Mariana Iriarte; December 1, 2016
 
MTM Ship Management Extends Commitment to NSSLGlobal VSAT
Via Satellite; Veronica Magan; December 1, 2016
 
Pentagon To Kick Off Future Wideband Satcom Study
Aviation Week; James Drew; December 1, 2016
  
O3b, Ozonio Bring Broadband to Another Amazonian City in Brazil
Via Satellite; Veronica Magan; December 1, 2016
 
Lockheed Updates Air Force GPS Satellite Ground Control System; Vinny Sica Comments
ExecutiveBiz; Ramona Adams; December 2, 2016
 
Brazil receives communications satellite
IHS Jane’s 360; Victor Barreira; December 2, 2016
 
McMurdo develops new satellite communications system for workboat industry
Ship-technology; December 2, 2016
 
 
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Mobility Forum Panels

This year's SATELLITE 2017 Mobility Forum taking place March 8 will be comprised of the following discussion topics:  
 
*   LEO and MEO Focus: Critical New Developments for Low Earth and Medium Earth-Orbit Services  

*   In-Flight Connectivity Focus: Service Providers and Airlines - Who Picks up the Tab? 

*   Maritime Focus: Which Technologies will Lead the Way in the New Mobile Maritime Era?  
 
*   Internet-of-Things Focus: Where Does the Satellite Piece Fit in the Puzzle? 







 
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