PLDT to offer mobile products of Inmarsat

By Riza T. Olchondra
Last updated 03:28am (Mla time) 07/06/2007

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) will offer mobile products from global satellite leader Inmarsat PLC, PLDT chairman Manuel Pangilinan told the Inquirer.


Inmarsat is launching handheld, fixed-line and maritime mobile phones that use satellite connections to call anywhere in the world.


PLDT and Aces Philippines “are their partners in the Philippines,” Pangilinan said.


PLDT will distribute the products through its satellite unit, Aces, which offers Smart Link Satellite Payphone for ships at sea. The phone giant is also helping Inmarsat put up a ground station to facilitate connections to its worldwide satellite network and to Aces’ Garuda 1 Satellite for Asia.


“Aces Philippines is strong in maritime satellite phone services. New satellite mobile products and services will expand its range,” PLDT spokesperson Ramon Isberto said in a separate interview.


Aside from Aces Philippines, Inmarsat’s other global partners are Chinasat, Evosat, Fono, MCN, MVS, SatCom Global and Stratos.


Inmarsat president and COO Michael Butler told the Inquirer in a phone interview that the products would be launched in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa this year. They will be introduced to the rest of the world by the end of 2008.


Butler said the partners’ wide geographic reach and long market experience will help ensure that the entailing services will be delivered “in a very powerful way.”


Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations since 1979. It has a range of mobile services that can be used on land, at sea, or in the air.


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