[Satellite TODAY 03-20-13] Thuraya Telecommunications
has launched the Thuraya SatSleeve adaptor designed to bring satellite connectivity to the Apple
iPhone, the Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator announced March 20.
Thuraya SatSleeve is designed to be a compact adaptor only slightly larger than the iPhone itself. It aims to offer easy and affordable access to mobile satellite communications over the Thuraya satellite network, allowing users to stay connected by voice and text beyond the coverage of traditional terrestrial networks.
“The launch of Thuraya SatSleeve represents a major milestone and a game-changing innovation in the satellite industry,” Thuraya Chief Executive Officer Samer Halawi said in a statement. “This is the first consumer friendly mobile satellite phone ever launched, which dramatically increases the reach to satellite telephony for enterprise, government, and everyday consumers alike. It provides iPhone users with a versatile and highly affordable means of conducting phone calls and sending SMS via satellite from the world’s most remote locations."