Marlink Targets Africa, Middle East

Marlink launches programs in Africa and the Middle East to make wireless packet data satellite service available

April 23, 2004

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OSLO, Norway -- Due to increasing service demand, Marlink, a division of Telenor Satellite Services, is launching two new programs making wireless packet data satellite service readily available for users throughout Africa and the Middle East.

Regional Broadband Global Area Network (Regional BGAN) from Marlink delivers reliable, 24-hour a day Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity at data speeds of up to 144 kbps via a secure channel. The service affords enterprise customers, governments, global and regional businesses, and educational facilities the ability to securely extend their corporate networks and access the Internet, via satellite, regardless of the local communications infrastructure. Regional BGAN coverage incorporates Europe, North and Central Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian sub-continent.

To keep up with the growing demand for portable communications in Iraq and the region, Marlink is offering its distributors two new user programs.

Program 1 Free Satellite Modem: Marlink will give customers a free Regional BGAN satellite modem (a $1,200 value) with every 12-month service contract at a minimum of 25 megabytes of service per month billed at the existing service provider and agent rates. This program is available through June 30, 2004 or while supply of satellite modems last.

Program 2 Iraq-Licensed & Delivered Satellite Modems: In response to the demand for mobile high-speed packet data service via satellite in Iraq, Marlink now offers fully-licensed and activated Regional BGAN satellite modems available today in Iraq to meet the immediate communications requirements of organizations assisting in reconstruction and humanitarian efforts underway. Users opting to take advantage of this program will purchase the satellite modems from Marlink. A one-time fee to cover shipping costs, insurance, customs and delivery in Iraq will be applied.

A major benefit of Regional BGAN is its cost effectiveness. Unlike other services that charge a per minute connection fee, Marlink's Regional BGAN service requires the user to pay only for the data sent and received. Connection to the Internet or a private network can be kept "always on" making it an extremely valuable business tool.

Regional BGAN offers the additional benefit of using notebook-sized, highly portable satellite IP modems that weigh just over 1.5 kilograms (3.5 pounds).

Marlink's Regional BGAN communications use Telenor's dedicated leased line from the Inmarsat Satellite Access Station in Fucino, Italy, to the Regional BGAN Point of Presence at the Eik earth station in Norway.

This unique service enhancement is a business advantage for Marlink customers as it guarantees users a high-quality service, secure interconnection to the Eik facility, direct and seamless connection to the Internet, and access to Marlink's innovative portfolio of value added services.


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