Thuraya establishes Point Of Presence in Singapore

by Staff Reporter | May 31st, 2012

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, the mobile satellite operator announced that it has established a Point Of Presence (POP) and Meet Me Point (MMP) in Singapore, reportedly enhancing the performance of its high-speed broadband terminal, Thuraya IP, in the region. The POP reportedly guarantees IP consumers, especially media broadcasters, faster and cost effective streaming services from the remotest location to newsrooms and data centres anywhere in Asia.

Thuraya IP’s Asymmetric Streaming functionality reportedly enables media teams to adjust speeds according to bandwidth usage, ensuring instant savings of up to 40% in comparison with other broadband solutions

Thuraya has deployed the infrastructure to allow its Asian consumers to streamline and relay encrypted data to end destinations with guaranteed service quality.

“We have installed direct leased lines from our primary gateway in the United Arab Emirates to Singapore,” confirmed Thuraya’s chief executive officer, Mr. Samer Halawi. “Now streaming traffic from Asia will be routed to our Singapore POP, which has dedicated end-to-end links, enabling faster streaming and better upload and download speeds. This facility together with the Asymmetric Streaming capability makes Thuraya’s IP services extremely cost effective, since our customers pay only for the last mile connectivity to the POP from their studios in the region,” he concluded.

At half the size of a laptop, Thuraya IP is reportedly the smallest and most powerful satellite data terminal in the world, delivering 384 kbps streaming and 444 kbps standard IP. It guarantees, the company claims, instant live, store and forward video/audio streaming when teamed with media IP applications such as Quicklink, Streambox and Livewire.

Thuraya IP’s Asymmetric Streaming functionality reportedly enables media teams to adjust speeds according to bandwidth usage, ensuring instant savings of up to 40% in comparison with other broadband solutions. In addition, Thuraya offers flexible pricing options as part of its Shareplan package that permit sharing of airtime allowances under a single subscription across all Thuraya voice and data devices, further reducing costs.

Packing the power of a large OB van and a technician in a single A-5 sized terminal, the company claims, Thuraya IP removes the need to book large chunks of unneeded satellite capacity in advance. It is equipped with a built-in antenna and can be fitted with multiple external antennas – fixed, vehicular and maritime – depending on user requirements. Journalists, according to the company spokesman, need only point Thuraya IP towards the satellite, wait for the network acquisition signal, which happens in seconds, and plug wirelessly into their laptop to commence operations.

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