Thuraya is a regional satellite network which covers Europe, Middle-East, the major parts of Africa and Russia, South East Asia and China.
Based in the Emirates, Thuraya operates two geostationary satellites and a Land Earth Station in Sharjah.
Thuraya offers voice, fax and data service and SMS.
The compact and pocket sized handheld phones are satellite or combining satellite and GSM. All handsets integrate GPS functionality.
Handheld phones are working with prepaid or postpaid SIM cards, included monthly subscriptions. The terminals are very compact and communications rates, very attractive.
The Thuraya IP was launched in 2009 offering Broadband Data Service through a highly compact, ultra lightweight and advanced satellite terminal. Broadband is available on a shared bandwidth up to 444 Kbps and streaming up to 384 Kbps.
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Thuraya’s voice rates are very competitive, especially for mobile to mobile calls. There are two ways to subscribe to Thuraya: Prepaid with scratch cards or codes, and Postpaid with monthly invoices. Thuraya as simplified its pricing structure. Roaming fees are added when using cellular operators.
The standard prepaid SIM card is valid for one year from the first call you make. The card validity can be extended if it exceeds the reactivation period.
Thuraya card communications tariff is carried out in units and the voice increment is 60 seconds.
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Thuraya's voice quality service is similar to GSM. Voice calls are very competitive. Except the Thuraya IP and DSL, all Thuraya terminals are able making voice calls.
Thuraya network offers data calls up to 9.6 Kbps in standard mode and 60/15 Kbps (down/up) in GmPRS mode through all handhelds. The Thuraya DSL is an entry modem offering connections to the Internet up to 144 Kbps on a shared channel. The Thuraya IP modem allows Internet connectivity for large data transfers up to 444 Kbps on shared background IP and up 384 Kbps on streaming IP. Fax can also be sent from Thuraya handhelds.
Thuraya terminals are very easy to use. The pointing is done easily and automatically (handhelds only), after acquiring the GPS position.
The GPS functionality allows the end user to know its own position (more/less 100m) and send it trough SMS. The Thuraya locate service allows those who wish to view any Thuraya terminal being used in the world through maps, satellite images and aerial photography.
A large range of accessories is available, in order to match any customer's need: docking units, vehicle kits, indoor repeaters, solar panels…
The SMS functionality is available through Thuraya handhelds, from mobile to mobile. Sending SMS to some cellular operators may be restricted. It is possible to send SMS from the Thuraya website for free: http://services.thuraya.com/sms.html.
Fixed docking unit which runs with a Thuraya XT / XT-DUAL (not included)
Thuraya satellite phone XT-PRO :