Thuraya Announces Strategic Partnership with AT&T that Enables Roaming in the USA

Thuraya’s roaming network now covers users across the United States

DUBAI, UAE, March 18, 2013 - Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services operator today announced a strategic partnership with AT&T Inc., the premier communications holding company and one of the world’s largest carriers, which will provide outbound GSM roaming for voice and data services to Thuraya users across the United States. The roaming service, which commenced on March 15, 2013, allows Thuraya subscribers to roam seamlessly with their Thuraya XT-Dual handsets on the AT&T network. Thuraya customers in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands can now make and receive calls, and also send and receive text messages (SMS).

The next stage of the roaming service between Thuraya and AT&T will enable AT&T customers to roam and use the Thuraya satellite network which spans over 140 countries across Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe.

T. Sanford Jewett, Vice President of Marketing at Thuraya Telecommunications Company, said: "We recognize that keeping in close communication with each other is vital to both businesses as well as consumers today. We are excited to be working with one of the world’s leading carriers to provide Thuraya customers in the United States with this service. With more than 350 roaming partners worldwide, Thuraya is the only satellite operator that offers roaming services over mobile networks and we are pleased that AT&T is one of our key roaming partners."

About Thuraya Telecommunications Company
Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider offering innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and NGO.

Thuraya’s superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two thirds of the globe by satellite and across the whole planet through its unique GSM roaming capabilities. The company’s diverse range of technologically superior and highly reliable mobile satellite handsets and broadband devices provide ease of use, value, quality and efficiency.

Thuraya remains committed to serving humanity through delivering the essential tools for optimal connectivity, never leaving anyone out of reach.

For further information please contact:
Shereen Hanafi
Director of Communications
Tel: + 971-4-4488-888

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