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Thuraya overview

Thuraya, is the satellite mobile services subsidiary of Yahsat, a leading global satellite operator based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company, the investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi.



Short introduction

  • Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company headquartered in Dubai
  • The first indigenous satellite operator in the United Arab Emirates
  • Founded: 1997
  • Thurayya is Arabic for the Pleiades (also called the Seven Stars)
  • Voice and data services for land mobile, maritime and aeronautical applications
  • Coverage in over 160 countries
  • Frequency band: L-Band (Thuraya)
  • Current fleet: 2 geostationary satellites
  • Thuraya's gateway is located in Sharjah, UAE.

GSM roaming

With roaming agreements signed in 161 countries, Thuraya is able to offer postpaid and prepaid customers reliable roaming services on more than 395 global GSM networks. GSM subscribers from these networks can also insert their GSM SIM into a Thuraya satellite phone to use roaming services over the Thuraya satellite network, allowing them to stay connected even when they are outside of GSM coverage or when they are traveling and the fees for terrestrial roaming are very high.