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August 27, 2010
The phones, which are to be provided to Polish ambassadors and consuls across the world, are intended to maintain communication in the case of emergencies. As diplomats frequent far off places and remote regions, the conventional mobile telecommunication system is practically useless.
Satellite phones, on the other hand, function globally over land and water as they do not depend on terrestrial cells or towers.
The satellite telephony system thus enables members of the diplomatic corps to communicate not only with one another, but also with the head office, ensuring perfect co-ordination in times of emergencies such as natural disasters, breakdowns or failure of terrestrial communication systems due to overload.
Aesthetically, satphones leave much to be desired, but their ruggedness makes them sturdy and reliable as they are not dependent on terrestrial cell sites, which are vulnerable targets during war and natural disasters. In addition cellular towers cannot be set up in all places.
The satellite handset, selected as a result of tender procedure, is designed to weather the harshest environmental condition, from extreme temperatures and humidity to rain and dust storms. Voice and data is transferred over geostationary satellites that are expected to be operational till the 2020s.
When the satphone is switched on, signals go up to the nearest orbiting satellite and from there to a gateway or a ground station, from where the call is directed to its actual destination.
TS2 has been providing its services to U.S. Department of State, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, United States Marine Corps and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
In a related news release, TS2 Satellite Technologies (News - Alert) has launched new portable modems for Inmarsat (News - Alert) BGAN global satellite broadband network. The devices are designed for persons and companies who require mobile communications while working or operating in areas that have no cellular networks or ground-based telecommunications.
Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Marisa Torrieri