Thuraya 12 Meter AstroMesh Reflector

Thuraya 12 Meter AstroMesh ReflectorThuraya, the satellite-based regional mobile communications system built by Boeing Satellite Systems (BSS) and Hughes Network Systems (HNS) for Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company of United Arab Emirates (UAE), began launching commercial service to more than 20 countries in 2001.

The Thuraya service relies on the high-power Thuraya-1 GEO-mobile satellite built by BSS, a unit of The Boeing Company.

Thuraya held a successful soft service launch in May, 2001 with limited trial service in the UAE that expanded to Italy, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania and Sudan. This came a month after a call was placed successfully between Morocco and Bangladesh, the two farthest points within the Thuraya coverage area. Voice quality and availability of the Thuraya system have been very good.

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