Friday, May 20, 2011

Tesacom first business to have Iridium license in Panama

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: Tesacom, the leader in telecommunication solutions for remote locations within Latin America, announced that the company was granted licenses in the Republic of Panama under which Tesacom can provide and sell Iridium voice and data communications in the country. Tesacom is the first company to have a license for use of Iridium in Panama.

This license enables Tesacom the ability to better address the growing commercial enterprise market and government demand for Iridium products, services and applications within Panama.

Iridium is the only communication company to offer truly global, mobile coverage. As an Iridium distributor, Tesacom is now able to offer the complete Iridium voice and data solutions and services portfolio within Panama, including: the Iridium 9555 satellite phone; the Iridium OpenPort broadband maritime service that provides three separate phone lines and a high-speed data line; and two-way machine-to-machine (M2M) data transceivers for remote data monitoring and asset tracking and management.

In addition, Tesacom recently developed and certified VKI Tesacom for use on the Iridium global network. The VKI Tesacom system provides integrated voice, data, email and vessel monitoring solutions for the maritime sector with attractive pricing for the Panamanian market.

"This announcement reinforces the strong relationship we have maintained with Iridium since 2007, as well as our commitment to the region," affirmed Jose Sanchez Elia, CEO of Tesacom. "Acquiring this license enables us to expand the Iridium footprint, bringing advanced voice and data communications into Panama. Tesacom's first-rate customer service and after-sales service in Spanish, Portuguese and English, makes us uniquely qualified to serve end-customers within the region."

"Tesacom's innovative approach and deep market knowledge is an example of how our ever-expanding ecosystem of partners is extending the reach of Iridium around the globe and to an even broader distribution," said Ted O'Brien, vice president and general manager, the Americas, Iridium. "Together we are advancing business communications in Panama, where there is a demand for reliable, effective and continuous communications in the maritime sector, along with agriculture and the country's many other burgeoning industries."

Iridium voice and data communications provided through Tesacom will serve Panama's shipping, agriculture, manufacturing and mining industries. The Iridium network will continue to serve Panama well into the future with Iridium NEXT, its next-generation network expected to begin launching in 2015.

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