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July 29th, 2014

ORBCOMM Offers M2M Services To Middle East Regions By Purchasing + Building Gateway Earth Stations 

[SatNews] This move secures the company’s ownership consolidation of all Western Hemisphere GES facilities and the installation of a new  Gateway Earth Station.

The agreement between ORBCOMM, a Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions provider, and their Muscat, Oman-based partner for Oman and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, grants regulatory approval to provide ORBCOMM services in Oman.  Issuance of the service authorization allows for installation of a new ORBCOMM Gateway Earth Station (GES) in Oman and completion of the radio spectrum licensing process. ORBCOMM also signed an agreement to purchase the ORBCOMM GES located near Rio de Janeiro from its local service partner, which will complete ORBCOMM’s ownership consolidation of all Western Hemisphere GES facilities.

“We have been following ORBCOMM’s growing momentum with great excitement and are pleased to have the ability to help bring ORBCOMM’s products and services to the GCC and broader Middle East region,” said a Mahd Telecom representative. “We believe that, given Mahd Telecom’s understanding of the local customer base and ORBCOMM’s broad range of M2M offerings, we will be able to offer new products and services to the oil and gas sector, as well as address several underserved markets, such as refrigerated and dry fleet container tracking and many new projects focused around the maritime industry, not only in Oman, but also throughout the region.”

The Oman and Brazil GESs, together with 14 other strategically-placed ORBCOMM GES facilities located throughout the world, connect the M2M provider’s satellite constellation to its ground-based network infrastructure. In addition to providing links to ORBCOMM’s fleet of first generation satellites, their global network of GES facilities will also enable them to deliver the advanced services provided by its recently launched ORBCOMM Generation 2 (OG2) satellites, making their M2M communications offerings more efficient, reliable and globally available.
“With the successful launch of the first OG2 mission and the impending improvements in service, we are focusing on all aspects of our network to deliver the best satellite M2M product in the industry,” said ORBCOMM Chief Executive Officer Marc Eisenberg. “The new authorization and GES installation in Oman will significantly improve service levels in the Middle East region and provide satellite access to a new major market for deployment of ORBCOMM solutions. Furthermore, ORBCOMM’s purchase of the Brazil GES completes our Western Hemisphere GES consolidation program, bringing increased efficiencies and service reliability enhancements for our customers throughout the Americas, the Atlantic Ocean, and even parts of Africa.”
ORBCOMM expects to continue to expand its global communications network through its ongoing efforts to open new markets in additional countries and the construction of additional GESs in key locations to serve these new markets.
For more information, please visit the ORBCOMM website.