SMi Group & Thuraya Telecommunications Company Launch First Ever MilSatCom Middle East & Africa in Dubai

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SMi Group, the organizer of Global MilSatCom, Europe’s leading military satellite communications conference & exhibition, today announced the launch of its new regional event, MilSatCom Middle East & Africa.

SMi Group, the organizer of Global MilSatCom, Europe’s leading military satellite communications conference & exhibition, today announced the launch of its new regional event, MilSatCom Middle East & Africa.

This new regional conference and exhibition will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on February 25th to 27th, 2013. Thuraya, a leading international provider of mobile satellite communications and related innovative solutions in more than 140 countries in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australia will be Lead Sponsor at this inaugural event.

The Middle East & Africa face extensive security challenges and satcom technology provides enhanced capability for tackling the prevalent issues in the region such as disaster preparedness and management, border surveillance, aerial reconnaissance, deployed operations and multiple maritime, land and air operational requirements. The upgrading, maintenance and coordination of communications systems has therefore become a key objective for contingent states.

According to Dale Butler, SMi Group’s Managing Director, “The Global MilSatCom event has developed into a truly global forum, attracting attendees from over 30 countries and every continent. The success of the London conference & exhibition has led to the launch of regionally focused events in Singapore starting two years ago and now Dubai. We are extremely excited by the opportunity to launch this event in the Middle East with Thuraya as our Lead Sponsor.”

According to Robert Demers, Thuraya’s Vice President of Government Services, “Thuraya has been a global satcom technology innovator and provider since 1997. We understand the specific requirements of our Defense and Security clients and work closely with them to provide reliable, dependable, high quality voice and data solutions. By sponsoring events such as Global MilSatCom, we can provide our customers and industry experts with a forum to meet and discuss trends, technological advancements and future requirements. This is in line with Thuraya’s mission to provide the best technologies and services to our customers.”

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About SMi Group

The SMi Group is a highly professional, independent and global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops and Masterclasses, and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defense, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. For more information, please contact Dale Butler via email at dbutler(at) or call on +44 (0)207 827 6044.

About Thuraya Telecommunications Company (

As a leading mobile satellite services operator, Thuraya delivers innovative voice and data solutions in more than 140 countries across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

Thuraya’s satellite communications solutions are used by people working in the energy, media, government, NGO and maritime sectors in remote locations outside the reach of terrestrial networks.

Since its service launch in 2001, Thuraya has sold in excess of 600,000 satellite handheld phones. Thuraya is the only company to offer a dual-mode satellite phone -- the Thuraya XT-DUAL -- a technologically superior handset that features both GSM and satellite capabilities. Thuraya also offers the Thuraya IP data modem, a secure and rapidly-deployable satellite broadband solution offering connection speeds up to 444 Kbps.

Established in 1997, Thuraya continues to serve humanity through developing superior products and solutions that provide the essential tools for optimal connectivity; never leaving anyone out of reach.

For more information, please contact: (
Corporate Communications Department    
Thuraya Telecommunications Co.    
Post Box 283333 Dubai, UAE    
Tel: +971-4-4488-888    
Fax: +971-4-4488-899    
Email: corporatecomms(at)thuraya(dot)com

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