Thuraya Telecommunications Company has launched the Thuraya WE satellite and LTE portable Wi-Fi hotspot. Developed in collaboration with Beam Communications, Thuraya WE is aimed at bridging the gap between satellite and GSM broadband services.
Thuraya WE is a compact portable device that can transform any area into a Wi-Fi Hotspot, allowing the connection of up to 10 smart devices within a radius of 100 feet or more.Users can also access seamless roaming facility from satellite to terrestrial LTE or vice versa either via a Thuraya SIM card or a standard GSM SIM from any of thuraya;s roaming partners.
Ahmed Al Shamsi, acting chief executive officer, Thuraya said: "It is the first ever LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot device that offers flawless convergence between GSM and satellite broadband services. Built for ease of use, Thuraya WE caters to the needs of users in a multitude of sectors by allowing them to enjoy uninterrupted access to voice and data services over Thuraya's network when outside terrestrial coverage."
The user interface of Thuraya WE can be accessed either through the web or through a mobile app compatible with iOS and Android devices. The interface also allows users to access device settings, select and switch between networks, locate the satellite, and view signal strength, connection status, battery status, system alerts, and data usage reports.
Michael Capocchi, managing director, Beam Communications said: "WE is a pioneer product, delivering the only Hotspot in the market to offer dual mode satellite and LTE capabilities. It transforms any smartphone or tablet into a mobile satellite device by allowing users to access satellite internet at speeds of up to 384kbps and ensures that they stay connected even when their GSM service is unavailable."
Specifications of Thuraya WE:
Size- 230mm x 197mm x 24mm
Battery type- Lithium Ion, rechargeable
Battery capacity- 7.4V, 6Ah, (2S2P)
Run times (Battery)Cell - standby: 20hrs; Cell - data: 9hrs; Sat - standby: 6hrs; Sat - voice: 5 hrs; Sat - data: 3 hrs
Ingress protection- IP54 compliant
More information on Thuraya WE can be found here.