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Thuraya Introduces Atlas IP

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 @ 03:06 PM

Thuraya Atlas IP is the second maritime-specific product launched by Thuraya in 2014, designed to complement the Thuraya Orion IP broadband terminal by offering a fully-featured voice and data product with additional functionality built in.

Thuraya Atlas IP is specifically designed to deliver added value to end-users seeking enhanced connectivity and greater operational efficiency on board ships. It provides merchant maritime, fishing, government and leisure users with a purpose-designed, fully-featured maritime satellite terminal that supports voice and broadband IP data connectivity at speeds of up to 444kbps.

Thuraya Atlas IP features improved power efficiency, a smaller form factor and greater versatility than rival maritime broadband products. The terminal features a single cable connection to the stabilized antenna, direct bulkhead mounting and built-in Wi-Fi.

It also includes a range of features designed to support improved communications functionality and enhance shipboard operations. These include port forwarding, which can automatically transfer data from shipboard equipment and devices in support of M2M reporting routines, an English/Chinese web interface, a built-in firewall, continuous GPS output and the ability to limit data sessions by time or volume.

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The Wall Street Journal has learned that Google has created an internet provider program with 180 small low Earth satellites. Google will spend more than $1 billion on deploying its first Internet-beaming satellite fleet that will help Google bring the Internet to remote locations where broadband isn’t available or there is no internet access at whatsoever.

Google’s satellite venture is headed up by Greg Wuler, founder of satellite-communications startup O3b Networks. The company stated out in 2007 and in 2013 successfully developed and launched four  1,500-pound satellites that can beam down Internet with the speed of fiber to deliver satellite Internet services and mobile backhaul services to emerging markets.


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Optimizer wXa-112 Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspot

Thursday, May 29, 2014 @ 12:05 PM

RedPort Global, the leader in advancing satellite data speeds and services, today announced the launch of the Optimizer wXa-112 Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspot. RedPort changed the way people use satellite phones with the introduction of the original Optimizer (wXa-102); for the first time, users could use the Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, tablets and computers they already owned to easily access accelerated email, the web, weather data and social media with their existing satellite phones. The updated hotspot brings a faster processor, support for GSM USB mobile service, and USB 2.0 functionality, while retaining all of the original hotspot’s features.

Optimizer Included Features and Services:

Satellite Connection Control
Turns any IP-based satellite data signal into a Wi-Fi Hotspot or local Ethernet network, letting customer use their existing smartphones, tablets and computers

GSM Connectivity
Customers control GSM by selecting the country and provider for their SIM, allowing access to GSM as needed, while avoiding GSM when roaming in areas where it is more expensive than satellite.

A powerful firewall accommodates virtually any common installation scenario, with features including block or allow any range of port, IP addresses and protocols.

Hotspot makes setup and use with compatible computers and tablets easy

GPS Tracking
Works with any GSatTrack-based service (including RedPort Tracking), the world’s most widely used satellite GPS tracking service.

NMEA GPS Repeater

Locally broadcast your GPS location via Wi-Fi for access by any NMEA compliant device

Premium Services:

Optimizer works with XGate, the world’s most widely-used independent satellite data optimization services, including RedPort XGate, OCENS Mail, Network Innovations Speedmail,, Telecom Italia mail, providing accelerated email, web, weather social media and blogging services. Application services include:
Email – Email service offers up to 20 times acceleration versus uncompressed speeds, saving up to 85% on satellite airtime
Web compression – Compression uses a web proxy service to provide users with 3-5 times average web acceleration, while also blocking ads, checking for malicious sites and compressing images.
Weather – Users easily get free GRIB files via email from many online services, showing weather and oceanographic data with their compatible GRIB file viewer.
Social media – Users can post text and photos to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter
Blogging – Users get free access to a Sailblogs premium basic account to help them share their adventures while travelling with their satphone

Compatible Operating Systems:

Windows 8, Vista and 7, both 32 and 64-bit versions
Apple Macintosh
Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch)
Google Android smartphones and tablets

Works with all standard satellite equipment including:

Globalstar GSP-1700, plus legacy phones with an optional adapter
Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro, BGAN, FleetBroadband
Iridium 9555, Extreme, OpenPort, Pilot, and legacy phones with an optional adapter
Thuraya IP
VSAT systems

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