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February 01, 2010

Inmarsat's IsatPhone Pro to Launch June 2010

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor


Global mobile satellite communications is making it big, and thanks to Inmarsat, a company that’s always been in the forefront of global mobile satellite communication, there’s a new robust handset that a long battery life. (It’s not for nohting that Inmarsat (News - Alert) is reportedly the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services.)

 
The company is producing the first hand-held IsatPhone Pro (pictured below), a device that’s purpose-built for its network. Inmarsat is scheduled to launch the device in June 2010. The first call made using the global hand-held service was a tremendous success.
 
Helen Stalker, commercial director of global satellite phone services, had this to say: “The first call is a significant milestone, and we’re very pleased with the voice quality in initial tests.”
 
It’s targeted primarily at professional users working in government, gas, mining and construction sectors. Inmarsat’s IsatPhone Pro has a lot to offer. While voicemail, text and e-mail messaging are already on it, it will also have a provision for satellite telephony. A very significant feature is that it uses bluetooth for hands free use.
 
With a global network of more than 500 distribution partners and service providers who are operating in 180 countries, Inmarsat’s promise to deliver optimal quality of voice and high speed transference of date has been rendered possible by three Inmarsat-4 satellites. As the operational life span of these satellites is valid for at least another 10 years, it is felt that Inmarsat’s optimism is thoroughly justified.
 
If revenues are anything to go by, then for the year ended 2008, Inmarsat cleared US$996.7 million bettering its revenue for the year ending 2007 by more than $300 million. Thus Inmarsat has lived up to its reputation as the acknowledged leader in Global mobile satellite communication services.
 
In order to ensure that everything is perfect for the projected launch in June 2010, Inmarsat has completed the upgrade for ground network and is in the process of integrating the handset and the ground network.
 
Sasken Communications Technologies, home to development programs for top mobile phone manufacturers is partnering Inmarsat in handset development, while Flcoteq, is producing IsatPhone Pro at its mobile facility in Tallin, Estonia.These two big players, complementing Inmarsat’s role in the production of the IsatPhone Pro have made the projected launch seem more than credible. Distribution partners covering geographic areas all over the world have already been identified.
 
Stalker had all praise for the new handset, had this to say--”IsatPhone Pro is the ultimate combination. It’s a robust handset that is easy to use, has long battery life, and offers a reliable global network connection. And it’s provided by Inmarsat, the market leader, with 30 years’ experience in providing global mobile satellite services.”
 
It would not be out of place to state that with the global mobile market changing so rapidly and additional features being integrated so seamlessly, we are in for an exciting phase.

Mini Doraiswamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan


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