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Singtel to provide vital communications lifeline in war zones

IsatPhone Pro enables business without boundaries

Innovative applications enhance user experience

Singapore, 3 May 2010 -- Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) announced today it aims to enhance communications in war-affected Afghanistan and Iraq, with the launch of Inmarsat’s groundbreaking IsatPhone Pro satellite phone.  Singtel will also offer the handset in emerging markets, such as Cambodia and Vietnam, and through its extensive network of 37 offices in 20 countries throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. 

To be available in June 2010, the IsatPhone Pro is ideal for media, military, government and humanitarian organisations working in high-risk and remote areas, and can provide a vital communications lifeline in dangerous situations.  Shock resistant and designed for use in extreme weather conditions and temperatures between -20°C to 55°C, the handset is also suitable for the maritime, oil and gas, mining and construction industries.

Mr Bill Chang, Singtel’s Executive Vice President of Business Group, said: “Singtel aims to allow customers to communicate wherever they are in the world and do business without boundaries or limitations.

“With its rugged design and advanced features, the IsatPhone Pro has attracted tremendous interest from customers in the region and we are confident that it will be a runaway success.  In fact, Singtel started receiving advance orders for the handset from as early as six months before its official launch.”

The IsatPhone Pro has the longest battery life in the market of up to 8 hours talk time and up to 100 hours on standby.  It is the only satellite phone in the market with Bluetooth capabilities and also supports voicemail, text messaging, email and Global Positioning System (GPS) services.

Singtel’s IsatPhone Pro applications boost productivity

Singtel will offer a range of innovative applications and solutions to further enhance the user experience of the IsatPhone Pro.  For example, Singtel’s Commtroller application offers companies the one-stop convenience of remotely managing their IsatPhone Pro accounts via a secure online web portal.  With this powerful solution, users can activate and deactivate accounts, manage login credentials, monitor call records and expenses in real time and control usage limits.  The solution can also be used to seamlessly manage BGAN and FleetBroadband accounts.   

Mr Chang said: “With our innovative applications for the IsatPhone Pro, we want to make an outstanding product even better. 

“Singtel is constantly developing cutting-edge one-stop infocomm solutions to allow companies to simplify their operations, improve productivity, reduce costs and enhance the welfare of their staff.  As Asia Pacific’s leading satellite solutions provider with more than 37 years in the industry, Singtel has the knowledge and experience to help our customers to achieve their goals.”




About Singtel

Singtel, together with its wholly owned subsidiary Optus, is Asia’s leading satellite operator outside of Japan, with over 37 years experience.  It is an award-winning provider of fixed and mobile satellite services with its fleet of six satellites and access to another 30 satellites worldwide.  This includes the ST-1 satellite, which is co-owned by Singtel and Chunghwa Telecom.  In Singapore, Singtel has three satellite earth stations providing direct transmissions to over 80 countries.