Maldives fisheries get cellular boost

New agreement meets government mandate for satellite communication in sector.

Dubai-based mobile satellite service firm Thuraya Telecommunications Company and Ooredoo Maldives said Wednesday they entered an agreement to supply fisheries with mobile satellite products and services in the Maldives.

The first phase provides fisheries and fishermen with voice products and broadband connectivity over Thuraya’s satellite network.

The agreement addresses a mandate issued by the Maldives government requiring commercial fishing operators to fit their vessels with satellite communication equipment and to supply fishermen with satellite phones.

“Fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world, and more stringent safety measures are required,” said Thuraya CCO Bilal El Hamoui.

Ooredoo Maldives will sell Thuraya SatSleeve+, SatSleeve Hotspot devices and data packages at their retail outlets and through enterprise account teams.

Thuraya SatSleeve+ and SatSleeve Hotspot turn smartphones into satellite phones.

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