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TrustComm builds new Starlight regional gateway in Cyprus
|By Business Wire
|February 25, 2014 12:01 AM EST
TrustComm Inc., the premier small-business provider of assured satellite
communications solutions to government and commercial organizations,
today announced it has begun its international expansion with the
construction of a gateway in Cyprus.
Initially, the private ground infrastructure will enable TrustComm to
offer an enhanced version of its new Starlight mobile satellite services
(MSS). TrustComm’s Starlight, introduced in November 2013, is an
end-to-end, U.S.-managed implementation of mobile satellite data and
voice services delivered via the Thuraya Telecommunications Company
(Thuraya) – a leading mobile satellite operator.
The dedicated gateway is being built at Cyta’s
Makarios Teleport in Cyprus, a site that has been offering reliable
solutions for satellite services for more than 30 years. The new
gateway’s data switching equipment is provided by Hughes
Network Systems LLC. The gateway’s earth-station systems are
provided by Integral
Systems Europe Ltd., a subsidiary of Kratos Defense and Security
Solutions (NASDAQ: KTOS). The satellite space segment is provided by
The new gateway will enable TrustComm to offer Starlight data services
that are fully functional and independent from Thuraya’s current packet
gateway in Sharjah, UAE. With the advent of the new gateway, Starlight
subscriber-authentication information will be managed and maintained in
the United States.
This architecture is ideal for commercial and government users requiring
assured satellite communications. With Starlight, a U.S. company
(TrustComm) controls the full service lifecycle, while leveraging
Thuraya’s satellite network and terminal equipment. The
TrustComm-managed Starlight gateway will support all standard Thuraya
mobile satellite products and services.
Cyprus is the optimal site for this new regional satellite gateway. This
convenient European location provides visibility to both the Thuraya-2
and Thuraya-3 satellites. It is strategically located to serve Europe,
the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia. The new gateway will be
integrated with TrustComm’s Secure Network Operations Centers (S-NOCs)
in Houston, Tex. and Stafford, Va. It also will provide the necessary
interface with other Thuraya gateways and public terrestrial networks.
“Our new Starlight gateway in Cyprus is the latest major step in our
global infrastructure expansion that includes the hiring of additional
operations engineers and teleport staff. This expansion further
demonstrates our commitment to offer the most advanced, assured MSS
solutions required by U.S. and international customers with global
requirements,” said TrustComm’s Chief Executive Officer Bob Roe. “Our
partnership with Thuraya, Cyta, Hughes and Integral ensures that this
venture is developed with the industry’s most innovative, reliable
Thuraya’s Chief Executive Officer Samer Halawi said, “The extension of
our partnership with TrustComm is further evidence of our commitment and
ambitions to expand and diversify our customer base in the United
States. Thuraya is fully dedicated to providing best-in-class services,
solutions and support for our customers – together with TrustComm. The
new gateway will further enhance our network’s resiliency and provide an
end-to-end, managed Thuraya service for government and commercial users.”
Background on TrustComm’s Starlight Service
Starlight is the latest addition to TrustComm’s diverse portfolio of
assured mobile and fixed satellite services. Available now, Starlight
delivers broadband IP and voice communications for end users who require
resilient and assured satellite communications with a demarcation point
in the United States.
Starlight’s data and voice capabilities are authenticated and terminated
with U.S. IP addresses and phone-number designations, based upon
infrastructure that is fully controlled and managed by U.S. personnel.
Starlight is a robust service covering Europe, the Middle East, Africa,
Asia and Australia. The service was jointly introduced by TrustComm and
Thuraya in November 2013.
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 humanitarian 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. Visit www.thuraya.com.
About TrustComm Inc.
TrustComm is a global provider of assured, customized satellite
communications services for companies and government agencies that
require instant, robust and easily deployable connectivity. Originally
founded in 1999, TrustComm was acquired in 2013 by the American
investment group Global Secure Networks Inc. TrustComm’s assured satcom
services, terrestrial and end-to-end networks provide maximum
reliability to support a broad range of applications. Those applications
include broadband Internet access, VoIP, video conferencing and data
communications – for business continuity, emergency response, tactical
field deployment and temporary usage. With its global network,
engineering expertise, 24/7 primary S-NOC and owned infrastructure at
the highly secure Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, and
redundant S-NOC near Quantico, Va., TrustComm exceeds the security and
reliability standards of its clients. For more information, please visit www.trustcomm.com.
All product and company names mentioned in this press release are
trademarks of their respective companies.
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