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Oman's Mahd Telecom targets container tracking following Orbcomm deal

Iain Morris
August 6, 2014
Omani operator Mahd Telecom says it plans to address underserved markets such as refrigerated and dry fleet container tracking, having received regulatory approval to provide M2M services in the country in partnership with satellite provider Orbcomm.

The approval means that Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) will be able to install a new Orbcomm Gate Earth Station (GES) in Oman, connecting Orbcomm’s satellite constellation to its ground-based network infrastructure.

Besides linking to Orbcomm’s fleet of first-generation satellites, the GES will also allow Orbcomm to provide more advanced services over its recently launched next-generation OG2 satellites.

“We have been following Orbcomm’s growing momentum with great excitement and are pleased to have the ability to help bring Orbcomm’s products and services to the GCC and broader Middle East region,” said a spokesperson for Mahd Telecom (Muscat, Oman).

“We believe that given Mahd Telecom’s understanding of the local customer base and Orbcomm’s broad range of M2M offerings we will be able to offer new products and services to the oil and gas sector as well as address several underserved markets such as refrigerated and dry fleet container tracking and many new projects focused around the maritime industry, not only in Oman but also throughout the region,” the spokesperson added.

Orbcomm says it has also signed an agreement to buy the GES located in Rio de Janeiro from its local service partner, giving it full control of all its Western Hemisphere GES facilities.

The operator now claims to have installed 16 GES facilities globally.

“With the successful launch of the first OG2 mission and the impending improvements in service, we are focusing on all aspects of our network to deliver the best satellite M2M product in the industry,” said Marc Eisenberg, the chief executive of Orbcomm.

“The new authorization and GES installation in Oman will significantly improve service levels in the Middle East region and provide satellite access to a new major market for deployment of Orbcomm solutions,” he added. “Furthermore, Orbcomm’s purchase of the Brazil GES completes our Western Hemisphere GES consolidation program, bringing increased efficiencies and service reliability enhancements for our customers throughout the Americas, the Atlantic Ocean and even parts of Africa.”

Orbcomm says it expects to continue to expand its global communications network through efforts to open up new markets in additional countries and by constructing new GES facilities in key locations to serve those markets.
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