Previously, communication services in South Africa on the Iridium satellite network were only available under the ITU roaming GMPCS Memorandum of Understanding, of which South Africa is a signatory. Although the services were available, they weren’t offered under licence in the country. With the recent establishment of Iridium South Africa as a licence provider, and Icasa’s authorization for the company to operate, provide and sell mobile satellite services in the country, communications licences are now being awarded to compliant service providers.
GlobalCom head David Lipton said as the first service provider in the country to secure Icasa licensing, GlobalCom is now in a position to offer clients legitimate Iridium satellite products without the threat of being in breach of legislation. Through the Iridium satellite network, globalCom provides such clients with secure voice and data communications, from anywhere, to anywhere, and no matter what the environment. It also offers secure connectivity to any destination in the world. Among the Iridium products GlobalCom offers are the MCG-101 Single Channel PBX and MCG-108 Multichannel Satellite PBX — two systems designed specifically for use in disaster management situations — as well as the Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone, a rugged, compact and portable satellite handset.