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Thuraya introduces satellite communications to Zambia

The agreement is a continuation of Thuraya’s strategic focus on providing satellite services in African markets, and will see SatCom, a UK-based supplier, distribute the entire range of Thuraya products and services across Zambia, a country which is still lacking mobile and fixed line coverage in many areas.

Thuraya Satellite has signed a service provision agreement with SatCom, to promote and distribute its satellite services in Zambia.

The agreement is a continuation of Thuraya’s strategic focus on providing satellite services in African markets, and will see SatCom, a UK-based supplier, distribute the entire range of Thuraya products and services across Zambia, a country which is still lacking mobile and fixed line coverage in many areas. The agreement will also see Thuraya’s Africa Talk tariff plan, which was launched last year, be made available to Zambians.

Last year saw Thuraya dramatically expand its African operations; opening offices in Kenya and Angola. Thuraya is a subsidiary of UAE telco Etisalat.

As well as signing a US$100 million bridge loan agreement last month with Emirates Financial Services, as a part of debt refinancing plan to pay off an outstanding US$600 million loan taken out in 1999, Thuraya also recently announced strong sales of its newest second generation GPS and GPRS enabledsatellite terminal, Thuraya SO-2510, with 28,000 units of the lightweight handset sold during the last four months of 2006. Thuraya expects sales of the SO-2510 to hit 90,000 in the next 12-15 months.

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