Thuraya signs strategic agreement with Elcome to drive maritime growth

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Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a subsidiary of the Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), today announced it has signed a Service Partner agreement with Elcome, one of the world’s largest marine technology system integrators. Elcome will provide Thuraya’s products and services worldwide across key vertical markets.

Headquartered in Dubai and operating out of 23 offices across 11 countries, Elcome has developed a diversified portfolio of technologies and solutions since its founding in 1969. The company’s first-class integration capabilities complement Thuraya’s renowned satellites, robust global network, best-in-class products and 20 plus years record of outstanding resilience, availability and innovation.

Ali Al Hashemi, Chief Executive Officer of Thuraya, said: “Thuraya is pleased to welcome Elcome as a Service Partner. This partnership will further enhance our commitment to key sectors, including maritime, government, energy and leisure. Nowadays, these sectors and their customers demand solutions that go beyond the standard connectivity. This partnership will meet those needs on all fronts, including products, network, integration and support.”

This strategic agreement is a key milestone in Thuraya’s strategy to drive growth in its maritime business. The partnership will further expand market potential by offering customised solutions for this market segment.

Jimmy Grewal, Executive Director of Elcome, said: “The demand for innovative and flexible data solutions for the maritime industry is growing exponentially. We are proud to partner with Thuraya to deliver such integrated services to our regional defence, government and commercial customers.”

Elcome is the largest satellite communications and systems integration provider in the Middle East, supporting all major shipyards in the region. Its in-house team is fully competent and factory trained to deliver SOLAS compliant integrated communication solutions for vessel owners. Elcome provides 24/7 support for over 1,200 terminals under the connectivity services program for the world’s leading container and LNG carriers. It also supports a wide range of vessel owners and managers with tailor-made cyber security solutions.

Shawkat Ahmed, Chief Commercial Officer of Thuraya, said: “This is an important step towards an extensive and exciting long term collaboration. Elcome covers a wide customer base who truly need comprehensive connectivity at all times beyond terrestrial reach. Our capabilities are complementary, and we will be able to give end users far greater flexibility than they have now. This agreement delivers reliable communication wherever and whenever it is needed.”