Thuraya Operator

Thuraya - Everywhere, for everybody


The Thuraya system is based on a network of geostationary satellites of the latest gen- eration, which offers coverage to 140 countries worldwide.

The operator, the Thuraya Telecommunications Company, was established in 1997 to provide mobile satellite telecommunications services to Europe, the Middle East and parts of Africa and Asia. The company's first satellite, Thuraya-1, was launched into or- bit in October of the year 2000. The service became operational just a few months later, in the second half of 2001. The coverage was further expanded over the following years thanks to the launch of additional satellites. Since 2008, Thuraya's services have also been available in the Far East and Oceania.
The system supports data and voice transmissions via satellite. The network is designed to provide personal mobile services even in remote areas, and offers a wide range of products for vehicular, marine and terrestrial use.

The Thuraya system allows for voice and data calls to be placed and received at low rates in both Satellite and GSM mode. In Italy, the company has bilateral roaming agreements with the mobile op- erators TIM, Vodafone and Wind.
Numbers that can be reached from anywhere in the World:
  • Thuraya prefix: +88 216********
Network Services
  • caller ID
  • call forwarding
  • call blocking
  • voice mail
Thuraya mobile terminals are capable of sending short SMS text messages.
SMS text messages can be sent to any Thuraya number free of charge from the Intermatica website.
Some GSM operators may inhibit the sending/receiving of SMS text messages to/from satellite phones.
The Thuraya network allows for satel- lite data connections to be established in various manners:
  • dial-up at 9,6 kbps
  • via GmPRS Satellite data packets at 15/60 kbps (uplink/downlink)
  • via data packets at speeds of up to 444 kbps (only with the ThurayaIP) mo- dem
  • email sending/receiving from mobile terminals (text only, max. 160 charac- ters)
  • fax sending/receiving
Streaming IP
For applications in which the quality of service is of fundamental importance, like live video transmission or video con- ferencing, Thuraya offers a Streaming IP service via its ThurayaIP mobile modem, which features a guaranteed bandwidth (even asymmetrical) of up to 384 kbps.
All Thuraya terminals have built-in GPS for determining geographical coordi- nates and for calculating distances and directions. The terminal's position can be saved by sending the coordinates via SMS. Certain terminals are equipped with features that allow for tracking and the sending of on-board alarms.

Country under satellite coverage *

Satellite services must be used complying with local regulations on use of satellite telephone devices...

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola*, Arabia Saudita, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaigian, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgio, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia Erzegovina, Botswana*, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambogia, Camerun, Capo Verde*, Ciad, Cipro, Cina, Costa D’Avorio, Congo - Brazaville, Congo Rep. Dem. - Kinshasa, Corea del Nord, Corea del Sud, Croazia, Danimarca, Egitto, Emirati Arabi Uniti, Eritrea, Estonia, Etiopia, Filippine, Finlandia*, Francia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germania, Ghana, Giappone, Gibilterra, Gibuti, Giordania, Gran Bretagna, Grecia, Guernsey, Guinea, Guinea Equatoriale, Guinea Bissau, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Irlanda, Is. di Man, Is. Marianne Settentrionali, Is. Salomone, Islanda*, Israele, Italia, Jersey, Kazakistan, Kenia, Kirghizistan, Kuwait, Laos, Lettonia, Libano, Liberia, Libia, Lituania, Liechtenstein, Lussemburgo, Macedonia, Madagascar*, Malawi, Maldive, Malesia, Mali, Malta, Marocco, Mauritania, Moldavia, Monaco, Mongolia, Mozambico*, Myanmar, Namibia*, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Nuova Caledonia*, Olanda, Norvegia*, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestina, Papua Nuova Guinea, Polonia, Portogallo, Qatar, Rep. Ceca, Rep. Centroafricana, Romania, Russia*, Ruanda, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia e Montenegro, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Siria, Slovacchia, Slovenia, Somalia, Spagna, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Svezia, Svizzera, Tagikistan, Tanzania, Taiwan, Thailandia, Timor Est, Togo, Tunisia, Turchia, Turkmenistan, Ucraina, Uganda, Ungheria, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia*, Zimbabwe*.

* Countries at the limits of the coverage area: satellite coverage may not always be available in parts of the territory in question..

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