Thuraya has launched Thuraya Talk, its Voice over IP (VoIP) service.
The initial phase of the service allows callers to make voice calls and send text messages using the Thuraya Talk app that can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Callers can make phone calls to Thuraya satellite phones or to any destination globally. Users who call Thuraya numbers can save up to 60%.
Rashid Baba, acting chief commercial officer at Thuraya said: "Thuraya Talk is a perfect example of how we adapt to customer requirements and offer them a high quality service in an easy, convenient and affordable way to enable them to stay in touch with their family and friends."
Puneet Lihala, product manager, Thuraya Talk said: "This comprehensive end to end solution is entirely owned and operated by Thuraya. It leverages the strong ground infrastructure that has successfully served our satellite operations till date. Thuraya Talk offers the same, excellent voice quality that our customers have become used to, and a secure voice channel that ensures privacy."
The second phase of the service, planned for launch early next year will introduce simultaneous voice and data for the first time on Thuraya's satellite network. Thuraya Talk can be used as a convenient add-on solution to any Thuraya broadband terminal. By connecting the VoIP Gate adapter to the terminal, the customer will be able to use any analogue phone to make and receive VoIP calls for operational purposes.
Lihala added: "Through future enhancements, we also aim to make Thuraya Talk the go-to app for Maritime crew welfare, by adapting it to become the ideal solution for crew on board ships to stay in touch with family and friends."