Thuraya and Chunghwa Telecom launch service for Taiwan

by Staff Reporter | February 18th, 2013

Samer Halawi, Thuraya CEO

Thuraya Telecommunications, a Mobile Satellite Services operator and Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s telecom operator have announced the receiving of licensing approval from the NCC, Taiwan’s national telecoms regulator, for the provisioning of Thuraya’s mobile satellite services in the country.

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

The significance of this licensing agreement, according to the official release, 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.

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 characterised 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, and the Seagull 5000 offering voice and data connectivity for medium to small vessels, fishing boats and yachts at sea.

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