Thuraya and ViaSat form M2M partnership

Companies to jointly deliver a highly secure, end-to-end managed M2M service
Randy Roberts, Innovation head at Thuraya
Randy Roberts, Innovation head at Thuraya

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Thuraya Telecommunications Company and ViaSat Inc. have signed a partnership agreement to develop and launch a dedicated Machine-to-Machine (M2M) platform combined with M2M specific products and commercial packages.

According to a company statement, the two companies will leverage their respective strengths to create a highly competitive offer for the satellite M2M market. The Thuraya/ViaSat M2M solution aims to be a highly secure, end-to-end managed service boasting a low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) over the lifetime of an M2M project. The M2M service is ideal for end-users across the energy, utilities, logistics and enterprise sectors, among others.

“Thuraya recognises that one of the key drivers of the Internet of Things (IoT) is the growing adoption of M2M technology across industries. The partnership with ViaSat will enable us to broaden our M2M product portfolio, for both fixed and mobile applications, to better serve our enterprise users’ need for asset tracking and remote monitoring services. The strategic partnership with ViaSat will address this through a proven, highly secure, cost-effective and reliable M2M platform to manage these processes effectively,” Randy Roberts, vice president of Innovation at Thuraya, said.

Phil Berry, vice president, ViaSat MSS commented on Thuraya’s dependable satellite network infrastructure and he said that “it is the ideal platform for the Thuraya ViaSat M2M network.” Berry added: “that dependability is crucial when access to connectivity has to be quickly established, even in remote locations, to facilitate tracking, reporting, and monitoring.”

The Thuraya ViaSat M2M service is planned for launch in early 2015. In the meantime, the focus is on recruiting M2M application developers and further augmenting distribution capabilities. 

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