Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Thuraya and Rockville boost satellite M2M in Pakistan

Steve Rogerson
January 7, 2020

UAE-based Thuraya Telecommunications has signed an agreement with Rockville Technologies to boost satellite IoT and M2M communication services in Pakistan.
Rockville Technologies is a software development, telecoms and satellite tracking provider, specialising in industrial automation, fleet management, remote asset monitoring, remote data connectivity, and IoT and M2M services.
Thuraya, a subsidiary of Al Yah Satellite Communications (Yahsat), signed the service partner agreement with Rockville to expand the availability of Thuraya’s products and services across key vertical markets within the country.
Headquartered in Islamabad, Pakistan, with offices in Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Bulgaria and Turkey, Rockville has developed a portfolio of technologies and telecoms products since its founding in 2002. The company is already associated with more than 25 telecom GSM operators and now its integration capabilities complement Thuraya’s satellites and network portfolio of M2M, IoT and data services.
“Thuraya is pleased to welcome Rockville Technologies as a service partner,” said Shawkat Ahmed, chief commercial officer of Thuraya. “Nowadays, customers demand solutions that go beyond standard connectivity enabling seamless services without any coverage gaps. Pakistan is opening up to foreign direct investment, with a number of important projects earmarked for the next five years in maritime, energy, transportation, tourism and logistics sectors. Offering uniform connectivity across 160 countries, Thuraya is best positioned to tap into this fast growing market. The partnership with Rockville will further enhance our commitment to key sectors, including M2M, IoT and maritime.”
At the agreement signing ceremony, Abrar Ali Khan, founder and CEO of Rockville Technologies, added: “We have always tried to come up with unique solutions by using cutting edge technologies to address market need as well as solve day-to-day unique challenges faced by our customers. We are very positive that this collaboration will add significant value for our customers and will help us drive innovation in the Pakistani market. There is a dire need of satellite as well as hybrid GSM-satellite monitoring and tracking in the region considering the scale of mega projects such as CPEC [Chinese-Pakistan Economic Corridor]. By joining hands with Thuraya we will be able to tap this huge segment and become market lead provider when it comes to provisioning of satellite-based monitoring and tracking.”
The agreement is a milestone in Thuraya’s plans to drive growth in its M2M and IoT business. It will further expand market potential by offering bespoke satellite communications to a diversified customer base.
Thuraya is the mobile satellite services subsidiary of Yahsat, a global satellite operator based in the UAE, fully owned by Mubadala Investment. Established in 1997, Thuraya offers communications technologies to various sectors including maritime, energy, government, broadcast media, military, aerospace and humanitarian NGOs.
Thuraya’s network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two-thirds of the globe by MSS, global VSat coverage and around the world through its GSM roaming capabilities. The company’s range of mobile satellite handsets and broadband devices are said to provide ease of use, value, quality and efficiency.
Rockville is a software development, telecoms and satellite provider of consulting, software outsourcing services to various industries including telecoms, IoT, M2M, financial services, data centres and healthcare.