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Industry Leaders AST Ready to Offer Next-Generation Pole-to-Pole Satellite Broadband Connectivity for Maritime Applications

Please see highlights from Iridiums press release below:

Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) announced today that Applied Satellite Technology Ltd (AST) is one of the initial global maritime launch partners for Iridium Certus.

For decades, the maritime industry lacked truly global coverage and had only one real choice for L-band connectivity at sea.  This changed with Iridium®, and with the introduction of Iridium Certus, a cutting-edge alternative has arrived for mariners. Offering a high-performing, competitively priced solution that features state-of-the-art technology, Iridium Certus is designed to meet the needs of the ‘connected ship.' Operating on small-form-factor terminals with solid-state, active-array antennas, the service will enable more efficient business operations, cost-effective crew welfare solutions, and safety communications, while providing a pole-to-pole, truly global grid for Internet of Things (IoT) smart ship applications.  Already undergoing live testing, Iridium Certus terminals built by Cobham and Thales will debut at speeds of 352 Kbps, later upgradable to 704 Kbps through a firmware update. With eventual speeds reaching approximately 1.4 Mbps, Iridium Certus will also enable multiple streaming classes and safety services designed to provide reliable connectivity in even the harshest environments.

The Iridium Certus launch partners represent the truly global nature of Iridium and will deliver business critical broadband solutions to all key maritime markets.

With a proven track record in delivering market-leading maritime projects world-wide, The AST Group, one of Iridium's largest partners, joins the Iridium Certus program as a global launch partner, bringing over 25 years of expertise and innovation to the maritime market.  "In today's ‘bring-your-own-device' world, managing communications on board vessels is critical," said Gregory Darling, Managing Director, The AST Group. "AST's unique suite of value-added services, combined with Iridium Certus, will deliver unprecedented capabilities to maximize efficiency and reduce costs at sea."


AST Adding 'Ground Breaking' Value Added Services To Enhance Your User Experience



AST is delighted to be a launch partner for both Iridium Certus Land and Maritime and is committed to delivering the best service and capabilities in the market today.  To find out how we can maximize efficiency and reduce your costs, please take a few moments to visit our dedicated INTEGRA page.

Introducing the first real-time application control for your satellite communications and the easiest on-board traffic management. Running over a next-generation ground network that delivers reliable, end-to-end connectivity with multi-layered cybersecurity controls and optimised performance.

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