Farook Siddik of Thuraya on Mobile Satellite Services for Ubiquitous Connectivity

At the recently concluded GSMA WAS#9 event which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Tara Neal, Executive Editor of The Fast Mode spoke to Farook Siddik Ruwalla, Roaming Manager at Thuraya, a leading international mobile satellite Operator based in the UAE.

Farook shared some key insights on mobile satellite services and how Thuraya provides bilateral GSM roaming for inbound and outbound connectivity, which is key for communications during emergencies and also where conventional mobile coverage is unavailable.

Farook shared on how Operators and enterprise customers benefit from the roaming agreements with Thuraya including the single billing feature and the uniform tariffs across all the markets it serves. Farook also explained the type of customers it typically serves and shared some popular use cases. The interview also examined some of the service bundles provided by Thuraya to its customers and took a look at the recently released Thuraya handset.

Watch the video for the full interview.

Other interviews from WAS#9

Interview with Patrick Gatt, Senior Manager - Wholesale & International Services of GO Malta on challenges and solutions for monetizing operator messaging traffic - here

Interview with Cedric Gonin, Senior Director of Marketing, Mobile Services of Orange on monetization of A2P traffic and the way forward for Operator messaging business - here

Interview with GSMA WAS#9 Chair Kathleen A. Leach on the Role of WAS on industry facilitation and collaboration for Operator interconnect and roaming services - here

Interview with Darragh Kelly, Chairman of the Board of Anam on the growth of the company and its solution offering as well as its role as the second time host of the WAS#9 event - here

Interview with Brian D’Arcy, Chief Commercial Officer of Anam on the trends in the A2P market, the challenges facing Operators in the messaging space and the monetization opportunities -  here

Interview with Zoran Vasiljev, CEO of Apigate on the partnership with Anam for the delivery of highly accessible and secured messaging platform -  here

Executive Editor of The Fast Mode | 5G | IoT/M2M | Telecom Strategy | Mobile Data Innovations 

Tara Neal covers stories on strategies and initiatives in the Digital Telco space, and anchors the 5G and IoT/M2M verticals on the publication. Tara holds a First Class Honours in BSc Accounting and Finance from The London School of Economics, UK and is a CFA charterholder from the CFA Institute, United States. Tara has over 20 years experience in technology and business strategy.

Follow her on Twitter @taraneal11, LinkedIn @taraneal11, Facebook or email her at tara.neal@thefastmode.com.


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