The UAE’s TRA has granted a public satellite service licence to satellite communications provider Inmarsat.
The signing ceremony took place at TRA Abu Dhabi headquarters, and was attended by H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, UAE TRA Director General, and Inmarsat’s Executive Vice President, Alison Horrocks.
The licence grants Inmarsat permission to offer mobile satellite communication services to public and private sector users within the UAE, in the government, media, maritime and aviation sectors.
Additionally, Inmarsat’s services will also be available to support humanitarian and emergency relief efforts in the UAE.
H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, UAE TRA Director General, said: “UAE is on the threshold of an era of unsurpassed innovation at all levels and particularly the Space field. The importance of this licence is stemmed from its direct impact on the ICT sector and the rapid advancements that UAE is undergoing to implement smart cities.
“Having Inmarsat operate in UAE will definitely open new frontiers for business, contribute to driving the sector to compete globally, and serve our strategy that aims at exploiting technology in saving lives and serving humanity.
“These advancements also fall within the context of economic diversification and building a knowledge based economy. TRA’s strategic plan entails many projects and initiatives that will play a major role in enhancing the quality of telecom services provided in the UAE,” he added.
Alison Horrocks, Inmarsat’s executive VP, said: “The granting of a public satellite service license is a significant occasion for Inmarsat. The United Arab Emirates has been a key hub for us for many years and we recognise the importance of the UAE and the whole GCC as a growth region for us.”