Africell brings Thuraya Satellite Services to Salone
What one would refer to as a major step in the development landscape of the country was manifested at the Obar Beach Bar and Restaurant during a cocktail dinner to mark the launching of Thuraya Services in Sierra Leone. The two services include the Thuraya single mode satellite only handset and the dual mode GSM/Satellite handset.
The XT-Dual and the IP are packed with feature rich applications and capacities including: convenience with the world’s smallest, lightest and compact satellite phone: network selection between Africell network and Thuraya Satellite networks; and feature rich applications including SMS, built in GPS and camera, as well as the ability to connect a Bluetooth device.
Addressing the gathering on Thursday 22nd March 2012, Africell’s Chief Executive officer said Thuraya provides border-to-border seamless satellite coverage over Africa, which complements existing terrestrial operators to ensure that consumers out of GSM reach can access reliable and cost-effective satellite communications.
Shadi Gerjawi informed his audience that in addition to voice telephony Africell will also be providing Thuraya IP terminals for a secure and reliable connection to the internet. “Thuraya’s IP terminal are compacts, portable and high user friendly to meet varying customer requirements,” says the CEO, adding that Africell will become Thuraya’s service partner in Sierra Leone and will be authorized to sell their products and serve as their official representative in Sierra Leone.
He promised that Africell subscribers and non-subscribers will access unlimited connectivity outside the terrestrial networks with the aid of Thuraya products and services. Thuraya telecommunications Company Area Manger said the company is the youngest commercial satellite L-band constellation in the world that have state-of-the-art communication solution in over 140 countries to provide and enhance communications that serves 2/3 of the globe.
“Thuraya in only ten years captured 65% of handheld voice services under our coverage area. We are the trusted partners of governments and companies in different vertical markets such as media, military, NGOs, corporate, mining, oil and gas and maritime,” says Rui Da Silva.
He noted that, “we are here to show you our latest family member the XT Dual (satellite and GMS phone). The latest polycarbonate material makes the XT Dual ruggedized, versatile and a world of different communication solution on the tip of your hand, and our successful Thuraya IP, our high speed internet access in the smallest satellite IP terminal that allows you to be online anytime anywhere.”
The event was chaired by Africell’s Corporate Affairs Officer, Joe Abass Bangura
Thuraya IP is the world’s first mobile satellite service to support 384 kbps streaming IP, with connectivity of up to 444 kbps available on standard IP.
The Thuraya XT-Dual is a one sim, one number and on one phone to travel the world. It is a combination of a GSM and satellite phone that comes with splash water and dust protection and is shock proof. For more information please call Africell on 1818.
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