Thuraya and Chunghwa telecom announce historic service launch for Taiwan [Emirates News Agency (WAM) (United Arab Emirates)]
(Emirates News Agency (WAM) (United Arab Emirates) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dubai, Feb 18th, 2013 /WAM/ -- Thuraya Telecommunications, and Chunghwa Telecom today announced the historic milestone of receiving licensing approval from the NCC, Taiwan s national telecoms regulator, for the provision of Thuraya s mobile satellite services in the country. The significance of this licensing agreement means that for the first time, Taiwanese consumers and enterprise users alike will no longer be required to apply for individual licensing approval from the NCC to use mobile satellite services in the country. Previously, only enterprise users were eligible for licensing approval of Mobile Satellite Services. With this historic agreement, Chunghwa Telecom s subscribers can benefit from Thuraya s voice, data and maritime services across its extensive satellite footprint covering over 140 countries in Africa, Asia Pacific, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. On the occasion of this historic milestone, Thuraya s Chief Executive Officer, Samer Halawi, said "We are pleased to be working with a reputable and experienced partner in Chunghwa Telecom to bring Thuraya s mobile satellite products and services to more users in Taiwan. We are grateful to the NCC for granting licensing approval of Thuraya s satellite services, which will enable Taiwan s citizens to stay connected across our global network on land and sea, beyond the confines of terrestrial networks." Chunghwa Telecom International Business Group s President, Tai-Feng Leng, said, "This agreement signifies an important milestone for our customers who can now benefit from using a range of innovative mobile satellite voice, data and maritime products across Thuraya s comprehensive network. We chose to work with Thuraya because of their strong focus on delivering superior products and network services, which is consistent with our own corporate philosophy. " Taiwan is considered a key growth market for Thuraya which is characterized by strong demand for reliable and cost-effective voice and data services from the fisheries sector. Thuraya MarineComms offers a range of products including the SF2500, dubbed the ultimate satellite phone at sea and the Seagull 5000 offering voice and data connectivity for medium to small vessels, fishing boats and yachts at sea. Thuraya also offers the world s most rugged satellite phone, the Thuraya XT and the ultra-lightweight Thuraya IP broadband terminal which are used by a variety of users from across the Maritime, Government, NGOs, Energy and Media sectors.
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