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GMPCS, 2connect-IT and Aurora Telenet become Network Innovations

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March 11, 2014: Network Innovations is rebranding its individual divisional offices worldwide to carry Network Innovations' name.  Acquired by Network Innovations over the past six years, 2connect-IT in the Netherlands, Aurora Telenet in Canada, and GMPCS Personal Communications in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will all operate as Network Innovations companies, effective April 1st, 2014.  “Operating under the Network Innovations name and brand promise will reinforce to the marketplace the cooperation and collaboration that occurs on a daily basis between our offices, and clarify our organizational structure to customers and suppliers”, according to Tim Young, VP Business Development.


Iridium Revolutionizes Personal Communications With Industry's First Global Portable Satellite Hotspot, Iridium GO!(TM)

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MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM) today announced Iridium GO!™, the industry's first portable satellite hotspot that connects to any smartphone or tablet, dramatically extending voice and data coverage for personal devices when they are out of range of cellular networks. Iridium GO! creates a satellite-backed Wi-Fi zone anywhere on the planet, enabling up to five smartphones to make calls, get their email, text and use some apps, even when terrestrial networks are non-existent, unreliable or costly. This first of its kind product allows users to conduct business, connect with family or access information no matter where they may travel – without the need for a satellite phone.



Inmarsat signs Network Innovations as Global Xpress VAR for Enterprise

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26 November 2013: Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has announced the appointment of Network Innovations Inc, a specialised managed satellite services provider, as the first Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Global Xpress (GX) serving both the Enterprise Media and Enterprise Energy sectors on a worldwide basis.  This follows on from two previous agreements with Inmarsat, which saw Network Innovations appointed as a GX VAR for both Inmarsat Maritime and Inmarsat Global Government. Network Innovations will be offering the unique benefits of Global Xpress to customers in the media, oil & gas, mining and utility sectors, among others.  The company has operations across the Americas, Europe and the Middle East with a growing presence in Asia and Africa, and serves tier-one global broadcasters and leading energy-focused businesses.


Network Innovations Appointed as Value Added Reseller for Inmarsat Global Xpress.

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5 November 2013: Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has signed an agreement with Network Innovations Inc, appointing the specialised managed satellite services provider as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Global Xpress, serving Government markets in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.


Critical Connectivity with Dual FleetBroadband Antenna

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Cobham SATCOM has launched a SAILOR FleetBroadband Dual Antenna solution to prevent critical data and voice communications being interrupted by obstructions.


Inmarsat Saves the Day After Container Ship Splits

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The crew of a container ship that broke in two in heavy seas were rescued with the help of Inmarsat safety services.


GMPCS Personal Communications New Corporate Office

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GMPCS, a Network Innovations company, is moving. We have purchased and renovated a new facility in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The growth in our business means added resources to support our valued customers and dealers.


GMPCS exhibits new KA-band FlyAway Uplink Solutions at NAB

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Despite the advancements in LTE and bonded-cellular technologies, the need for “guaranteed” bandwidth and truly mobile satellite equipment is greater now than ever for media organizations— especially when cellular networks get congested or traditional Internet networks are not available. As part of its ongoing response to this need, GMPCS, a leading global satellite communications provider, has introduced a new line of KA-band uplink field kits — packaging portable IP-based FlyAway suitcases or vehicle-based DriveAway terminals for Satellite News Gathering applications.


GMPCS introduces new Portable Inmarsat HDR Satellite Terminal with Bonded Cellular Technologies

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Pompano Beach, FL, April 3, 2013 – With hurricanes looming on the East Coast & in the Gulf, news breaking in disaster-ravaged countries, and wars raging in remote theaters throughout the Middle East & Africa, the need for truly portable satellite equipment is greater now than ever for news organizations— especially when Cellular or Internet networks are not available. As part of its ongoing response to this need, GMPCS, a leading global satellite communications provider, has introduced a new line of portable 4BX™ field kits— packaging portable satellite-Internet terminals and cellular-bonded systems — designed for backpack-based or vehicle-based Satellite News Gathering.


Adventurers Relay Antarctic Images via Inmarsat BGAN

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A team of mountaineers on Queen Maud Land in the Antarctic used an Inmarsat BGAN terminal to relay their “epic adventure” to the world.


Globalstar Confirms February 5th Launch Date

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COVINGTON, La., Jan. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Globalstar, Inc. (OTCBB:GSAT) announced that its fourth launch of six second generation satellites has been confirmed for February 5, 2013 at the following time:


Traveling to Russia? Vital Information You Need to Know to Stay Connected

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Iridium and the Russian regulatory authorities have reached an agreement to allow Iridium to legally operate in Russia. There has always been Iridium traffic in Russia but it was never officially allowed or forbidden. The Russian Government wants to regulate this grey market and specifically wants to be able to intercept Iridium calls from Russia to other countries in an effort to fight terrorism. So what does this mean for travelers looking to stay connected while in Russia?


Globalstar Returns Next-Generation Satellite to Commercial Sat Phone Service

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While Globalstar has had operational problems over the past two years with their satellite phone GSPS service, they are on the way back. Globalstar announced on Dec. 5 that they have returned their second-generation satellite that were impacted by the momentum wheel issue, are now back up to commercial service standards.


Inmarsat Network Prepared as Superstorm Sandy Hit The US

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Inmarsat's Network Operations Center acted quickly to guarantee the best quality of service on the ground as Superstorm Sandy swept through the Caribbean and across the US east coast.


Iridium AxcessPoint Hotspot Now Compatible with Beam Docks

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Iridium AxcessPoint allows you to create a Wi-Fi hotspot by connecting to your Iridium satellite phone and establishing an Internet connection – from anywhere on the planet. With Iridium AxcessPoint connected to an Iridium phone, you are able to use your smartphones, tablets and laptops.


Fax on SAILOR FleetBroadband 150 Meets Small Vessel Demand

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Fax is now available on FleetBroadband 150 (FB150) by simply upgrading the terminal firmware.


Globalstar Signs Definitive Agreement With Thales Alenia Space For Delivery of Six Additional Satellites

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Globalstar, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSAT), and satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space announced the signing of a contract for the manufacture and delivery of six additional satellites for the Globalstar second-generation constellation. The joint announcement was made during the Euroconsult World Satellite Business Week in Paris. The satellites, which are expected to be delivered and launched in 2015 will ensure long-term industry-leading mobile satellite voice and data services to Globalstar customers around the world through 2030.


GMPCS Signs Inmarsat Global Xpress Value Added Reseller Agreement

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Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services announced today that it has signed Florida-based GMPCS Personal Communications, Inc. as one of the first Value Added Resellers of Global Xpress™ for the maritime market.


Global Prepaid Satellite Voice and Data Services Now Available from Inmarsat

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Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, announced that it now offers global prepaid satellite services for both voice and data via the Inmarsat prepay platform with the introduction of support for voice calls originating in the US and its territories.



Thuraya Satellite Phone Partners with USA Service

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Leading international mobile satellite phone operator, Thuraya Telecommunications Company has launched its roaming service in the United States of America. The partnership is with American mobile operator, T-Mobile. The service, which commenced on July 12, allows Thuraya subscribers to roam seamlessly with their Thuraya mobile numbers into the T-Mobile network that reaches 96 percent of Americans. Thuraya customers in the region can now make and receive calls, and also send and receive text messages (SMS). The Company’s GmPRS roaming service will be enabled afterwards on the T-Mobile network.


Inmarsat FleetBroadband Races Round the World

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As Race Partner of the Volvo Ocean Race, leading global mobile satellite service provider Inmarsat has supplied its full suite of services to the world's most demanding round-the-world sailing race. According to Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Knut Frostad, it has "performed flawlessly, throughout".


GPS Tracking via Satellite Phone with Optimizer

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Available at GMPCS is  the new GPS tracking service with the RedPort Optimizer wXa-102. When connected to a GPS-enabled satellite phone or terminal, Optimizer works as a GPS Satellite Tracker, and can transmit the device’s GPS location at user-defined intervals, working with select tracking services to let users view GPS locations online or input them directly into their existing tracking systems.


Twitter via the IsatPhone Pro

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You have always been able to send a SMS or email with the IsatPhone Pro. However, now Inmarsat has made it easier for you to send a twitter update from anywhere. Inmarsat announce this month that Twitter is available on the IsatPhone Pro via the SMS functionality.


Summer Safety: Satellite Phone Rentals and SPOT GPS Messengers

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Summer is officially here and the outdoor adventure and camping season is in full swing. While you are in remote areas enjoying nature, make sure you are covered with satellite communications for any emergency. GMPCS Personal Communications has affordable satellite phone rentals as well as low priced tracking devices such as SPOT.


Battery Stations Available for the IsatPhone Pro & Iridium Satellite phones.

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GMPCS is pleased to announce new SatStation battery docking stations for the IsatPhone Pro and Iridium 9555 satellite phones. All of these new battery docking stations are capable of rapid charging a satellite phone battery in a single process without ever draining them. This new accessory to GMPCS is available in single bay units as well as four bay units, for both the Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro and the Iridium 9555.


Iridium Receives Authorization to Distribute Products and Services in Russia

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Iridium just announced that Iridium Communications (“Iridium Russia”) has received authorization from Russian authorities to provide commercial services in the country. As the Director General of Iridium Russia, I am excited to bring this news to the Iridium360 community.   Partnering with Geyser-Telecom, a famous player in the Russian telecommunications community in Russia, Iridium Russia will provide 100 percent access to coverage throughout the country for both voice and data communications.   As you may know, in 2009 Iridium formed Iridium Russia to conduct business in the country due to strong regional interest in its innovative voice and data communications capabilities. This announcement is the latest development in the company’s multi-year investment and commitment to the Russian market.   With its vast territories where traditional communications simply don’t work, Russia will be a strategic growth area for in-region and international service providers. Our partners will be able to deliver Iridium products and services to Russian businesses in general, including key growth industries like transportation and energy-related services which are continue to show strong demand for connectivity throughout the region.   Iridium Russia and partners are expected to capture at least 40 percent of the mobile satellite services market in Russia by 2015, which could be a $70-100 million market by then.  The Iridium® network is uniquely suited to serve the Russian market with our unique ability to provide 100 percent global coverage for organizations, businesses and individuals for voice, data, tracking or other critical connectivity. 


Our Corporate Office Is Moving

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GMPCS, a Network Innovations company, is moving. We have purchased and renovated a new facility in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The growth in our business means added resources to support our valued customers and dealers.


Iridium Unveils World's Smallest Two-Way Satellite Data Transceiver

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NEW ORLEANS, May 8, 2012 -- Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM), today unveiled the world's smallest, commercial, two-way satellite data transceiver — the Iridium 9603. Announced at International CTIA Wireless 2012, the Iridium 9603 is a data module designed for embedding into machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions for remote asset tracking, monitoring and alarming in defense, government, enterprise and consumer markets where existing larger transceivers could not fit.


BGAN or VSAT - Comparing the Technologies

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There are two popular options for IP communications over satellite: Inmarsat’s BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) and VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) technology, which operates on a variety of satellite carriers including Intelsat, Telesat and SES amongst others. Both technologies provide reliable communications for voice and data applications in remote locations.


The Iridium Extreme SOS Feature With GEOS

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The Iridium Extreme is the first satellite phone built with a programmable, GPS-enabled, one-touch SOS button. The SOS feature is powered by the GEOS Emergency Response Service provided to Iridium Extreme users at no additional charge. If you have an Iridium Extreme satellite phone it is important to understand who GEOS is and how this feature works


Sky News Reports on The Role of Inmarsat BGAN

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A news team from Sky News that provided compelling and award-winning coverage of the Libyan uprising has told how they relied on Inmarsat BGAN to report to audiences worldwide. Alex Crawford, special correspondent for Sky News, her producer and two cameramen were reporting from the newly-liberated town of Zawiya when they spotted a convoy of opposition fighters heading for the capital Tripoli. Taking their BGAN unit with them, they decided to follow the group, and became the world’s only news crew to capture the moment opposition forces entered Tripoli. “We were live on air via satphone, telling the studio about the scenes of celebration we could see, but it was evident that nobody could quite believe what we were saying,” said Ms Crawford. “So we decided to rig up the BGAN and show them the pictures.” Producer Andy Marsh set up the BGAN from the back of a pickup truck, which was moving slowly through the gridlocked streets. “We had it attached to the cigarette lighter for power, connected to a laptop, and Andy synched it up with the Inmarsat satellite,” said Ms Crawford. “He was monitoring the connection, and as we crawled forward, he moved the unit ever so slightly to maintain the link. It was a genius move.” The connection was so reliable that the team were able to broadcast live and uninterrupted coverage for 40 minutes, as Ms Crawford answered questions from the studio in London. “As soon as they could see the pictures you could hear the penny dropping the other end quite dramatically,” she said. “The viewers of Sky News expect to see reports from the heart of the story, and so the news teams need to be ready to move at a moment’s notice and follow the story wherever it leads,” said Mike Seery, Head of Media Sector Development for Inmarsat. “Mobility and speed of set-up, as well as reliability, are all essential. BGAN has delivered all of these for the Sky News reports.” Ms Crawford, three times winner of the Royal Television Society’s Journalist of the Year, has been praised for her bravery and tenacity to be the first broadcast journalist to enter the city. Her live reporting from Libya has been described as “heroic journalism”. Earlier this year Sky News’ coverage of Libya won a Royal Television Society award, with judges praising the team’s “brilliant achievements in just getting to the right places at the crucial moment.” Sky News is one of the world’s most sophisticated users of mobile satellite technology. Inmarsat distribution partner GMPCS has worked with the broadcaster for many years. “Sky News has built their 24-hour rolling news operation on some pioneering use of mobile satcoms, and have been enthusiastic adopters of BGAN,” said John Stoltz, Director, GMPCS. “Their commitment to technology is one of the reasons they achieve the award-winning coverage.” “This is a fantastic example of the power and flexibility of BGAN,” said Mike Seery. “It demonstrates just how quick and easy it is to set up a BGAN and get a reliable connection for live video reporting. If there is news breaking from a remote part of the world, and a news crew covering it, you’ll most probably find a BGAN”.  



GMPCS and Quicklink Sign Strategic Distribution Agreement

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GMPCS Personal Communications, Inc. (GMPCS) has entered into a strategic partnership with Quicklink Video Distribution Services Ltd (Quicklink) for the distribution of Quicklink video products.  GMPCS is pleased to offer the complete Quicklink video distribution product line, fully integrated with GMPCS’s suite of mobile satellite services, available on the Inmarsat-BGAN and VSAT-IP platforms.  By installing the Quicklink Live streaming and store-&-forward software onto a laptop or using Quicklink advanced SD/HD hardware encoders, embedded journalists and other organizations using GMPCS’s services can now broadcast live or file-based video transmissions via mobile satellite terminals, cellular or terrestrial networks. “As we have seen last year during Arab Spring, broadcasters are requiring true mobility for streaming live video as well as highly reliable Internet access from remote regions,” said Tim Young, GMPCS’s Vice President of Business Development.  “Quicklink products allow one person to broadcast live video and audio from nearly anywhere in the world carrying nothing more than a backpack with a BGAN and laptop, or even simply an iPhone.”     Via the GMPCS and Quicklink partnership, clients have “one-stop-shopping” for the video software and hardware products required for this type of laptop-news-gathering as well as satellite terminals and airtime service.   Quicklink is a world leader in this niche, offering best-in-class solutions for achieving superb video and audio quality even from slow internet connections.  Quicklink’s new remote mobile, live streaming “Merlin” backpack encoder and the “QMM” Media Manager designed for channeling multiple live streams to multiple simultaneous play-outs in the cloud and via SDI, are the latest products to be exhibited at this year’s NAB2012 show in Las Vegas.  Pete Watling, Quicklink’s Head of Americas Sales, added, “We are excited to partner with GMPCS and its Network Innovations’ Group affiliates to reach further into North America and other regions and markets.  With their broad portfolio of satellite services and knowledgeable staff, we feel our mutual and prospective clients will be served even better than ever.” Please visit us at NAB:  GMPCS - SU-5002 and Quicklink - SU-10009.


The Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro Improves Remote Safety

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With the latest IsatPhone Pro firmware from Inmarsat, your IsatPhone Pro satellite phone can become an emergency personal alert device. The personal alert feature allows users to send their GPS coordinates and short message to predetermined recipients. The IsatPhone Pro subscriber can save time and money with the personal alert option. This new feature is similar to the SOS button on the Iridium Extreme satellite phone.


Making The Most Of Your Satellite Phone Airtime With SpeedMail

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Would you like to get more from your satellite phone?  Maybe you are familiar with sending and receiving voice and text messages with your satellite phone, but might be looking for more.  Well did you know that you can use your Iridium or IsatPhone Pro as a modem to send and receive emails?  You can, and GMPCS has the best solution for you - It’s called SpeedMail.


Discounted Satellite Phone Equipment from GMPCS

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From discounts on Inmarsat BGAN and the IsatPhone Pro satellite phone.  To a $50 rebate on the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger, GMPCS has a cyber deal for your holiday season.  Giving the gift of peace of mind with satellite communications has benefits for everyone.


Inmarsat Video Captures World Events

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The reliable Inmarsat satellite network offers global coverage for many industries.  Inmarsat and GMPCS work closely with Media Journalist to broadcast news from around the world with BGAN.  As a master distributor for Thane & Thrane; GMPCS is able to provide maritime satellite equipment via Inmarsat through FleetBroadband.  Commercially, GMPCS provides competitive handheld satellite phone pricing for the IsatPhone Pro by Inmarsat.   




How Much is a Satellite Phone Worth?

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A satellite phone is often a suggested safety item for off-shore fishing expeditions and one that the Dutton family took to heart.


Iridium 9575 Extreme FAQ Guide From GMPCS

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GMPCS has received a lot of requests for information on the new Iridium Extreme.  Besides the satellite phone’s specifications we have been asked: “What comes in the box?” and “Is there any backwards compatibility with the phone's accessories?”  Below are the answers to these questions and more. 




Globalstar SPOT Satellite Launch

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Globalstar is proud to announce the launch of the second generation satellite network for its SPOT GPS System!  This launch will also assist the Globalstar satellite phone network.


Inmarsat Announces Launch of IsatPhone Link

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LONDON & WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has announced the launch of IsatPhone Link, a new global fixed satellite phone service.


Learning About Satellite Phones

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Is it so stressful to think of what right and best satellite phone suites you? Inmarsat, Iridium or Globalstar? Then be stress free with our handy Buyer's Guide.


FCC Grants Globalstar Authority to Operate Second-Generation Satellite Constellation Over the United States

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COVINGTON, La., Mar 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Globalstar, Inc. (Nasdaq:GSAT), a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services to businesses, governments and consumers, today announced that the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted Globalstar authority to operate its second-generation satellites within the United States. This authority will become effective once Globalstar completes registering the constellation with France, which is expected to occur in the near future.


Marine Training by GMPCS

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February 24, 2011 Pompano Beach FL – On Monday February 14th GMPCS kicked off their Marine Training program in the number one port in dollars of seafood landed in the US; New Bedford, MA.  The training began with a meet and greet cocktail hour the night before getting down to business.


Inmarsats IsatPhone Pro Recognized by SAIL Magazine with Pittman Award for Electronics Innovation

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“We are honored to have received SAIL’s Pittman Innovation Award for the IsatPhone Pro,” said Frank August, Director, Maritime - Americas for Inmarsat. “We always believed IsatPhone Pro would have tremendous appeal for the sailing community and we are very pleased with the enthusiasm and response from the market so far.”



Messages From the Wilderness, via Satellite

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AH, wilderness. The great outdoors, the fresh air — and the spotty cellphone coverage. But hikers, adventurers and others in remote places who want to send messages now have a new alternative when the signal vanishes: they can send texts using a satellite network instead.


Globalstar Takes Delivery of New Satellites for Second Launch

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COVINGTON, La., Dec, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) --




Satellite Phones For Consumers Taking Off

Category: GMPCS News

New parents Jerry Lowenstein and his wife aren't taking chances with losing phone service after a hurricane or storm-related outage. In addition to having a home phone and two cell phones, the couple now have a smart satellite phone.


GMPCS Introduces 3BX™ Backpack Satellite Kits for Live Video Streaming from Cell-Free Areas

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (August 5, 2010)—With hurricanes looming in the Gulf, news breaking in disaster-ravaged countries such as Haiti, and wars raging in remote theaters such as Afghanistan, the need for truly portable satellite equipment is greater now than ever for news organizations— especially when cellular or Internet networks are not available. As part of its ongoing response to this need, GMPCS, a leading global satellite communications provider, has introduced a new line of Inmarsat-based 3BX™ field kits— from handheld satellite-phones to portable satellite-Internet terminals—designed for backpack-based or vehicle-based satellite news gathering.



FIRST COMMERCIAL SALE OF THE GLOBAL ISATPHONEPRO SATELLITE PHONE

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The first units were sold to a southeast regional electric utility company, with headquarters in Atlanta, GA.  The IsatPhone Pro is the first new global handheld phone to enter the market in several years.  “Inmarsat has established new pricing levels for both equipment and airtime that lowers the cost of global communications to individuals traveling to remote locations and to corporations that must have reliable communications for their personnel beyond cellular coverage.” Said Jon Klein Vice President of GMPCS.  


Iridium makes down payment on satellite launch

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The company broke the news in a statement to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, noting that the deposit is fully refundable "if financing is not secured or if a full scale development contract for the design and manufacture of the Iridium NEXT satellites is not signed within 12 months."






Saved by the Satellite

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Rick Stephens acknowledges it was the wildest, most scenic hunting trip he’s ever been on.




Free maritime Emergency Calling launches October

Category: Inmarsat News

A new maritime safety service for all FleetBroadband users - 505 Emergency Calling - will be launched across the world on 1 October.



Inmarsat is delighted to announce the introduction of full global coverage for all our broadband services.

Category: Inmarsat News

The Inmarsat BGAN, FleetBroadband and SwiftBroadband services provided by the Inmarsat-4 (I-4) F1 spacecraft were successfully restored earlier today, Tuesday, 24 February, at the end of the final outage caused by I-4 satellite repositioning.


Inmarsat C distress call helps repel pirate attack.

Category: Inmarsat News

Inmarsat C came to the rescue when pirates tried to attack a 53,500 DWT bulk carrier in the Indian Ocean on 11 February.


Loss of Iridium Satellite

Category: Iridium News

Yesterday (February 10), Iridium lost an operational satellite. According to information shared with the company by various U.S. government organizations that monitor satellites and other space objects (such as debris), it appears that the satellite loss is the result of a collision with a non-operational Russian satellite. Although this event has relatively limited impact on Iridium’s service, the company is taking immediate action to address the loss. The Iridium constellation is healthy, and this event is not the result of a failure on the part of Iridium or its technology. 


Update on the Iridium Satellite Constellation

Category: Iridium News

On Tuesday, February 10, 2009, Iridium lost one of its 66 operational satellites. According to information shared with the company by various U.S. government organizations that monitor satellites and other space objects (such as debris), it appears that the satellite loss is the result of a collision with a non-operational Russian satellite. This was a completely random and isolated incident and although this event has relatively limited impact on Iridium’s service, the company is taking immediate action to address the loss. The Iridium constellation is healthy, and this event is not the result of a failure on the part of Iridium or its technology.


Americas satellite extends coverage into East Pacific

Category: Inmarsat News

Preparations for the introduction of global FleetBroadband coverage are entering their final phase following the recent entry into service of the new I-4 Americas satellite.


Introduction of the new Sailor 6210 VHF, Sailor 6215 VHF DSC Class D and FCC approved Sailor 6216 VHF DSC Class D

Category: Inmarsat News

We are pleased to introduce the forthcoming arrival of three new fixed VHF systems, the SAILOR 6210 VHF, the SAILOR 6215 VHF DSC Class D, and the FCC approved SAILOR 6216 VHF DSC Class D for the US market. These brand new VHF radios were introduced at our partner conference in New Orleans on January 13th, 2009. We expect to launch the VHFs early Q2 2009 and full production to be ready second half of 2009.


New I-4 Americas satellite enters commercial service

Category: Inmarsat News

Inmarsat is pleased to announce the entry into service of the new I-4 Americas satellite, providing mobile voice and broadband data coverage for North and South America.


'One world, one number' for all Inmarsat services

Category: Inmarsat News

Inmarsat is on track to switch to the single dialling code +870 for all its services by the end of 2008.


Repositioning of the Inmarsat-4 (I-4) Satellite

Category: Inmarsat News

SCHEDULED OUTAGE NOTIFICATION   Following the successful launch of its third I-4 satellite on 18 August 2008, Inmarsat will be repositioning its satellites in order to optimise the network and prepare for the introduction of global I-4 coverage.


Closure of R-BGAN service

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GMPCS would like to remind our customers that the R-BGAN service is scheduled to be withdrawn permanently from the end of December 2008.   The closure of the R-BGAN service will take place in two stages, on the following dates:  




New Year repositioning set to affect some mariners

Category: Inmarsat News

Inmarsat’s satellite repositioning programme, to optimise its network and enable the delivery of global broadband services, enters its next phase in early January 2009.


Year-end deadline for switch to single +870 dialling code

Category: Inmarsat News

Inmarsat is on track to switch to the single dialling code +870 for all its maritime services by the end of 2008 following an extensive 'one world, one number' campaign.



Inmarsat I4-F3 satellite has arrived on station over the Americas

Category: Inmarsat News

Mobile broadband coverage of the world has taken a giant step closer with the launch of the third Inmarsat-4 (I-4) satellite.


I-4 F3 satellite testing successfully completed

Category: Inmarsat News

The Inmarsat-4 F3 satellite has successfully completed in-orbit tests that confirm its onboard systems are performing as required to provide commercial service. The new addition to the Inmarsat-4 (I-4) fleet has now begun the journey to its final on-station location at 98 degrees west, where it is currently scheduled to enter service on 7 January 2009. The I-4 F3 will be positioned more directly over the Americas than the I-4 F2 spacecraft currently serving the region.


Inmarsat Deploys Solar Panels, Antenna on Third Satellite

Category: Inmarsat News

Inmarsat confirmed the deployment of the solar panels and large antenna reflector on its third Inmarsat-4 satellite, the company announced Sept. 8. 


I-4 F3 continues deployment after Proton launch success

Category: Inmarsat News

The Inmarsat-4 F3 satellite has been successfully launched by a Proton Breeze M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


Proton delivers I-4 satellite safely into transfer orbit

Category: Inmarsat News

The Inmarsat-4 F3 satellite has been successfully launched by a Proton Breeze M rocket into a geosynchronous transfer orbit.


New SAILOR LRIT transceiver

Category: Inmarsat News

The SAILOR TT-3000LRIT from Thrane & Thrane is an Inmarsat Mini C terminal that complies with the IMO requirements for long range identification and tracking (LRIT).


Satcoms recognised as key factor in crew retention

Category: Inmarsat News

An Inmarsat-hosted panel discussion, featuring a selection of maritime experts, has highlighted the importance of onboard satellite communications in retaining seafarers.


MSV Names Vice President For Satellite Services

Category: All News

Mobile Satellite Ventures (MSV) appointed Susan Miller senior vice president for satellite services, the company announced July 17.


Handheld Satellite Phones

Category: GMPCS News

GMPCS Personal Communications offers a full range of handheld satellite phones, providing you with the best solution at the best price depending on your location and communication needs.

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