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June 25th, 2014

AST Connections + Thuraya—Top-Up App Debuts (SATCOM)

[SatNews] AST Connections Ltd, (ASTC) has announced that the new IT Applications Development Department, headed up by Andy Smith, AST Group Technical Manager, has launched the first of many Apps designed to innovate the use of satellite communications, providing users with improved services and optimized data handling across bandwidth sensitive communication connections. 

The new Thuraya Top-Up App is the first of its kind and allows users from all over the globe to purchase 20, 50 and 160 unit Thuraya Prepaid airtime vouchers easily and securely. All major credit cards are accepted and users receive their voucher immediately, both via the App itself, and by email. The App is available to download from both the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes, and the App works with all Thuraya satellite handsets and the new innovative Thuraya SatSleeve. Thuraya satellite phones provide satellite communications over the EMEA and Asia Pacific Regions, and the App allows users to easily top up their Prepaid SIM cards anywhere, anytime from their smartphone, tablet or computer.

ASTC has a long standing relationship with Thuraya and received their full support on the project.  Bilal El Hamoui, Vice President of Commercial at Thuraya, said, "We were impressed with how easy the app was to use and are delighted that AST selected the Thuraya customer community to be the first to benefit from their App Development Program."

ASTC is part of the wider AST Group, a full service satellite solutions company and Tier 1 provider of all MSS airtime and hardware covering the five major continents.

The ASTC infosite is accessible via http://www.theastgroup.com/