The Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company plans to launch its second satellite by 2002, ahead of schedule, in anticipation of the growth in mobile subscribers as Thuraya goes commercial next year, the Gulf News reported.
Yousuf Abdullah Al Sayed, chief executive of Thuraya was quoted by the daily as saying that "original business plan was to launch the second satellite by the end of 2003 or beginning of 2004. But if the market takes up, and we need the second satellite orbit for back-up, we'll launch it at the earliest in 2002."
According to its web site, Thuraya established on 11 November a strategic presence for its mobile satellite system in the CIS region (Commonwealth of Independent States), through a commercial alliance with Orbita-Plus, which has become its Service Provider in Kazakhstan.
With the signing of this agreement, Thuraya’s list of service provider agreements totals 32 countries, with many more to be finalized by the end of the year, it said — (Albawaba-MEBG)
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