First call made using Inmarsat’s new global handheld service

A contract to upgrade the Inmarsat ground network was completed on schedule by Lockheed Martin. (EB FILE)

Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, said yesterday the first call has been made using its global handheld service, IsatPhone Pro, which is on track for launch in June. 

The first images of the new handset have also been released. In preparation for launch, Inmarsat has passed a number of key milestones in the development of the service and finalised some essential contracts and distribution arrangements, an official said.

A contract to upgrade the Inmarsat ground network was completed on schedule by Lockheed Martin, and further testing on the integration between the handset and the ground network is underway.

Inmarsat’s partner for the handset development is Sasken Communications Technologies, which has led development programmes for most of the world’s top mobile phone manufacturers. 

Elcoteq, the world’s third largest manufacturer of mobile phones, has been appointed to produce IsatPhone Pro at its facility in Tallinn, Estonia.

Eleven distribution partners, covering all geographic markets around the world, have been selected to sell IsatPhone Pro at launch: AST, China Telecom, Evosat, MCN, MVS, Network Innovations, NSSL, Satcom Global, Singtel, Stratos and Vizada.

IsatPhone Pro is targeted primarily at professional users in the government, media, aid, oil and gas, mining and construction sectors.  It will offer satellite telephony, with Bluetooth for hands-free use, voicemail, text and email messaging.  Location data will also be available to the user to look up or send in a text message.

IsatPhone Pro is the first Inmarsat handheld to be purpose-built for its network. It will be available on a global basis over the three Inmarsat-4 satellites, which have an operational lifetime into the 2020s.

 

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