Thuraya Launches New Voice over IP Service
Thuraya has announced the launch of Thuraya Talk, its new Voice Over IP (VOIP) service. According to Thuraya, the service opens up unique communication capabilities for both personal and professional use. All users will receive their own dedicated number that can be used for outgoing and incoming calls.
The initial phase of the service allows callers to make voice calls and send text messages using the Thuraya Talk app. The app can be used over any internet connection from anywhere in the world, either using Wi-Fi or mobile data. Callers can make phone calls to Thuraya satellite phones or to any destination globally. It is ideal for users who call Thuraya numbers and offers them savings of up to 60 percent, the company stated.
The second phase of the service, planned for launch early next year, will introduce simultaneous voice and data for the first time on Thuraya’s satellite network. Optimized for efficient bandwidth usage, Thuraya Talk can be used as an add-on solution to any Thuraya broadband terminal. By connecting the VOIP gate adapter to the terminal, the customer will be able to use any analog phone to make and receive VOIP calls for operational purposes.
“Through future enhancements, we also aim to make Thuraya Talk the go-to app for maritime crew welfare, by adapting it to become the ideal solution for crew on board ships to stay in touch with family and friends,” said Puneet Lihala, Thuraya Talk product manager.