By Philip Fenton
Inmarsat, the satellite communications provider, has seen sales of its mini-M satellite phone double in the past two years.
Inmarsat, the global mobile satellite communications provider, announced today that it has topped 100,000 registered mini-M satellite phones worldwide, with sales doubling in the last two years.The mini-M, claims Inmarsat, is now the world’s biggest selling mobile satellite phone.“We are delighted to have reached this milestone,” said Samer Halawi, regional director, Inmarsat. “Sales of mini-M satellite phones have grown rapidly since the launch of service in 1997, and today it is the most popular solution in our Instant Communication portfolio, enabling people to communicate via voice, fax or e-mail anywhere in the world.” Demand for voice communications via satellite grew stronger in the last two years in the Middle East. “Much of the traffic generated from our Inmarsat satellite that covers the Indian ocean region in the last two years was from voice and low speed data which shows that importance that mini-M is gaining in our part of the world,” Halawi said. Captain David Younes, managing director of USMSTS, a satellite communication solutions provider for the maritime industry and a Lebanon-based Inmarsat partner said: “Judging from our sales record, the workhorse of the family remains the standard mini-M type world phone, which has been the most invaluable tool for numerous users.” Mini-M users, according to Captain Younes, include the UN-ESCWA in Beirut, ship masters, managers and crew in Lebanon and Cyprus, African based medical staff and rough diamond buyers.Mini-M is Inmarsat’s lightweight, portable satellite phone. It offers 98% land mass coverage.