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Orbcomm launches satellite services in China

Steve Rogerson
October 9, 2018

M2M and IoT provider Orbcomm is launching its satellite services in China for the heavy equipment, transportation, logistics and maritime industries.
One of the main Chinese telecoms operators recently received authorisation for the use of Orbcomm’s satellite constellation. Based in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, Asia Pacific Navigation Telecommunications Satellite APNTS will participate in providing service, support and distribution.
“We have been following Orbcomm’s continued momentum with great excitement for some time and are pleased to help bring Orbcomm’s products and services to China,” said Zhang Hai Ming, managing director of APNTS. “Leveraging our understanding of the local customer base and China’s wide-ranging push towards a more connected society, we believe there is a significant opportunity to market Orbcomm’s broad IoT portfolio to the heavy equipment, transportation and logistics and maritime industries, which will enable customers throughout the region to improve the efficiency and performance of their business operations.”
A China gateway Earth station (GES) is planned for construction to serve as a network link between the Orbcomm satellite system and its worldwide infrastructure. It will let the New Jersey company more effectively deliver the services provided by its satellite constellation, making communications more efficient, reliable and globally available for its industrial IoT customers. Additional, the GES facilities in China are in the planning stages.
“Orbcomm is pleased to be able to operate within China, which provides a unique competitive advantage to the company, and deliver the benefits of our robust satellite service to a much broader customer base,” said Marc Eisenberg, chief executive officer of Orbcomm. “The regulatory approval combined with the addition of an Orbcomm GES in China will significantly improve service levels and coverage in the region as well as provide access to a new high-growth market for deployment of Orbcomm’s industrial IoT solutions.”