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Thuraya joins hands with Gulfsat in new partnership

(10 October 2017 - Thuraya) Thuraya Telecommunications Company announced today the signing of a partnership with satellite communications company, Gulfsat at the ongoing OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessels) event in Kuwait.

This strategic alliance will enable Gulfsat to launch data services in Kuwait. The partnership allows the companies to combine interests and increase both their distribution channels among government, maritime, media and enterprise sectors in the surrounding region.

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Fahad Kahoor (Thuraya Director of Market Development) and Mohammad AL- Haj (Gulfsat Chairman and CEO) during the signing of the agreement at OPV Middle East (courtesy: Thuraya Telecommunications)

Established in 1995, Gulfsat, a subsidiary of United Networks, a member of Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO Group), has risen to be a prominent provider of satellite communications, satellite broadcasting and managed telecommunications solutions. The new agreement gives Thuraya - for the first time - a data service presence in Kuwait, and enhanced broadcasting capabilities, backed by Gulfsat's media broadcasting influence and forte. Meanwhile, Gulfsat can look forward to furthering their service capabilities over land and sea in the Middle East and North Africa region via Thuraya's range of data products.

Danny COTE, Chief Commercial Officer at Thuraya says, "We are delighted to work with Gulfsat, through whom we are able to gain a foothold in Kuwait and extend services into some of the country's key sectors, including its prominent maritime market. Together, our joint offerings will also facilitate the remote operational capabilities of the Middle East and North African utilities and oil and gas sectors. We are confident this venture will garner a positive reception and as new opportunities unfold, we look forward to more collaborations with our new partner."

From the month of November, the product range accessible to Gulfsat customers will include the full range of Thuraya's land and maritime broadband terminals such as the IP+, IP Voyager, Orion IP and Atlas IP.

Mohammed Al-Haj, Chairman and CEO at Gulfsat says, "This alliance empowers us to meet the increasing demand for mobile data in Kuwait - we can now offer unified solutions across terrestrial and satellite networks to our customers and keep them connected, no matter where they are. As a well-reputed MSS operator and our neighbor in the Gulf, Thuraya's partnership with us is mutually beneficial as it strengthens our shared goals for service provisions in the region."