Iridium Communications Inc. and Speedcast have signed an agreement that will enable Iridium to become a land-mobile service provider for its next-generation satellite broadband technology, Iridium Certus, thus further expanding the Iridium Certus footprint. Iridium commented on its new technology: “Designed for on-the-move vehicles, assets and teams, Iridium Certus will support the only truly global communications solution enabling capabilities like real-time vehicle tracking, internet, phone and data transfer, all from one service.”
Speedcast will bring its international network and expertise to the Iridium Certus land-mobile program as well. “We are excited to continue working with Iridium to expand our portfolio of services with Iridium Certus,” said Tim Bailey, Executive Vice President of Products, Marketing, and Business Development for Speedcast. “Iridium Certus will greatly complement our Speedcast Atlas™ managed services portfolio delivering reliable communications to end users anywhere on the planet. We look forward to continuing working with Iridium for many years to come.”
Specific to the land-mobile market, Iridium Certus will run on the new Thales MissionLINKTM terminal, for off-the-grid public safety, utility, oil and gas, military and non-government organisation applications.
“Expanding our global partner ecosystem is a key component of our Iridium Certus strategy,” said Josh Miner, Vice-President of land-mobile line of business for Iridium. “For the land-mobile market, Iridium Certus is ideal for customers operating vehicles on the move and in remote areas. The solution can act as a multi-service communications platform, supporting all connectivity needs or as a complementary solution, filling the gaps in coverage where cellular falls short. It will allow customers to configure terminals to match their specific needs and requirements, helping to control costs and provide a seamless experience, which is raising the bar within the industry. We are looking forward to expanding our partnership with Speedcast and rolling out the service in the coming months.”
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