Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator, has been selected by SMART Communications of the Philippines for the launch of its new crew calling service, Marino PhonePal.
The multiyear deal will see SMART partner with Thuraya on network services and hardware for its maritime voice service.
Marino PhonePal is an expansion of SMART’s current crew calling service, from an existing Asia Pacific footprint now to include major sea lanes in Australia, New Zealand, Indian Ocean, Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Bilal El Hamoui, Vice President of Distribution at Thuraya, said Marino PhonePal customers will now benefit from a seamless and reliable connection at fixed prices.
Through this partnership, SMART will offer low cost prepaid calls to seafarers while at sea using Thuraya’s SF2500 voice terminals.