Satellite phones are key to industry growth across Africa

Organisations across the world, no matter their industry, rely on satellite phones for effective, seamless communication in their everyday operations. Satellite phones play a key role in helping organisations ensure effective communication between key decision makers and personnel on the ground.

The ability to remain in constant communication is especially critical in regions such as Africa where terrestrial signal can sometimes be unreliable despite significant economic improvements. globalCom Head of Sales Kim Bentley explains: “The need to remain in constant communication is increasingly important, especially in countries where economic growth is outstripping infrastructure growth. Satellite phones ensure that teams are always in contact, no matter where they are or what the infrastructure is like.”

The remoteness of African operations paired with a lack of infrastructure can cause operational problems. Integrated communications architecture that includes satellite phones are therefore crucial to help industries fulfil their evolving communication needs, empowering seamless communication. There are three main brands of satellite phones that are used by various industries, namely Iridium, Inmarsat, and Thuraya.

Iridium is a global satellite communications company that provides access to voice and data services anywhere on the planet. Trusted by millions of users in varied markets around the world, Iridium provide coverage that covers the planet. Their unique constellation architecture includes satellites that are cross-linked to provide dependable, low-latency, weather-resilient connections that enable communication anywhere in the world.

Iridium offers top of the range satellite phones made with military grade hardware to a range of industries. The satellite phones enable voice, messaging, and data services close to home and in remote regions. Paired with fast and efficient customer service, Iridium satellite phones are ideal for industries that need a rugged device that empowers seamless communication.

The next satellite phone provider is Inmarsat, who has over 40 years’ experience in providing satellite communication solutions for essential business, government, maritime, and aviation operations. Their mobile satellite network is one of the most reliable networks in the world, providing essential coverage on land, at sea, and in the air nearly worldwide, except for the North and South Pole.

Inmarsat manufactures the IsatPhone Pro 2, a robust and rugged satellite phone designed for tough environments. With a significant battery life as well as SMS and GPS capabilities the IsatPhone Pro 2 is well suited for operations in tough environments.

Last but not least there is Thuraya. Thuraya offers a diverse range of technologically advanced and dependable mobile satellite handsets and broadband devices that offer ease of use, value, quality, and efficiency. Their network consists of two geosynchronous satellites that provides telecommunications coverage in more than 161 countries in Europe, the Middle East, North, Central and East Africa, Asia, and Australia.

Thuraya’s range of grab and go satellite phones puts users in control. Their competitive airtime rates and easy top up options give users greater control over expenses. The affordability and ease of use of Thuraya’s satellite phones make them an ideal choice for smaller operations

Satellite phones remain crucial to enterprise operations, enabling reliable communications anywhere in the world. Whether your enterprise is based in an urban city or a remote mining town satellite phones empower constant, reliable communication. Speak to our team today about satellite communications architecture that will empower your team to work at their maximum potential: www.globalcom.africa/contact-us/

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