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Inmarsat, Pivotel bring smartphone connectivity to remote workers

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Australian mobile satellite solutions provider Pivotel Satellite has partnered with global satellite company Inmarsat to launch a new service enabling smartphone connectivity for remote workers.

The two companies say the “game-changing” new service enables smart device owners in Australia, beyond the reach of terrestrial mobile and fixed networks, to stay completely connected, even in the most remote locations.

The two companies say the new service — IsatHub — targets the vast land mass of Australia that is not covered by the major telecommunications companies.

“For example, while Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications provider, has a mobile network that reaches 99% of Australia’s population, it currently only covers 31% of the country," the companies say.

“This presents significant connectivity challenges for people who regularly travel outside of coverage areas.”

Inmarsat and Pivotel claim the IsatHub service addresses the connectivity problem by providing the most powerful, personal smart device connectivity service available and enabling end users to extend their network coverage through “true broadband connectivity wherever they are”.

“Users can quickly and easily connect their smart devices so that they can surf the Internet, access their apps and text or talk, even when they are hundreds of miles outside a terrestrial fixed or mobile network. This means that remote workers, such as oil and gas contractors, can stay completely connected whilst taking their office with them and can benefit from increased productivity,” the companies say.

The IsatHub connects smart devices by providing a satellite signal, connecting to the outside world via the Inmarsat-4 (I-4) mobile communications satellite constellation.

Inmarsat and Pivotel say the service offers the highest broadband connectivity of any equivalent mobile satellite service with standard IP data up to 384/240 kbps.

Paul Gudonis, president, Inmarsat Enterprise, said: “Pivotel has a heritage in offering solutions that are simple and cost-effective, making them the ideal partner to distribute our IsatHub service. Pivotel’s end users can now benefit from the assurance of reliable connectivity for their devices, wherever they are, all whilst maintaining their own identity and browsing habits."

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