The best of both! Thuraya launch dual-SIM phone

Thuraya has launched a dual-mode, dual-Sim phone. The Thuraya XT-Pro dual bridges the gap between satellite and terrestrial communications, allowing users to move seamlessly across terrestrial and satellite mobile coverage.

The handset comes with a dedicated SIM slot for satellite communications and a second one for GSM communications. The new handset's 'Always On' capability lets users alternate between networks, ensuring they are always reachable on both the satellite and the terrestrial networks.

Callers can be contacted on their GSM number even while on an active satellite call - and vice versa. The Thuraya XT-Pro dual is designed for users who frequently move in and out of terrestrial coverage, like government missions, and oil and gas refinery and exploration companies, both on and offshore. 

The phone also comes with advanced navigation capabilities through GPS, BeiDou, Glonass and Galileo. Users of the Thuraya XT-Pro dual can also share current coordinates, enter waypoints to navigate to specific positions using the electronic compass, and use position logging.

As a global satellite communications service provider, GRC are able to offer the Thuraya XT-Pro Dual, as well as airtime and support, delivering a complete package to suit your needs.

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Good news for GRC with overseas defence contract

GRC has been featured in the local news, highlighting the ongoing success of our Scytale product.

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The Scytale solution is a rapidly deployable remote operations facility, which provides private data, voip, satellite and gsm coverage. Highly portable, the unit can be installed in any location, anywhere in the world, even where no infrastructure exists.

To find out more about Scytale and Scytale Lite please use the following links:


Scytale Lite

Customer using Scytale Product

Key times when you have no area coverage on your mobile phone, then consider a Sat Phone!

Whatever your reason for travelling, in today’s busy world, communication is critical. So what happens when you pull out your trusty mobile phone and see the dreaded no signal? This is where satellite phones (sat phones) deliver the answer.

Unlike traditional mobile phones, which rely on a signal using local infrastructure, satellite phones, as the name would imply,  receive their signal direct from satellites, allowing them to operate globally  and in the most remote regions in the world. Using a satellite phone can also allow you to take advantage of more affordable call options too, often offering better value than traditional mobile operators in many countries.

Examples of utility:

•         Adventurous exploration/projects? 
•         Exotic holiday? 
•         Important business trip? 
•         Government travel? 
•         Educational Trips in remote regions? 
•         Business Continuity?

Think a sat phone might be right for you? GRC are here to help!

We have a range of products to suit varying needs, including innovative flagship models like the Thuraya SatSleeve+ and the Thuraya SatSleeve Hotspot.

Both of these devices use your existing mobile smartphone, giving you the advantages of a sat phone when you need one and the convenience of your own device when you don’t.

With the Thuraya SatSleeve+ your phone mounts directly on to the device using a universal adaptor. This supports most iPhone models and popular Android devices, giving you an easy to use all in one option.

The Thuraya SatSleeve Hotspot offers you the same features, without the need to be directly attached to your phone. This allows the hotspot to be placed in a convenient nearby location, like outside your tent, vehicle or even on your hotel balcony, potentially offering you a better signal, while allowing you to stay comfortable indoors.

Whichever option you choose, when you’re in the middle of nowhere, it’s nice to know the rest of the world is just a phone call away... and with the SatSleeve+ and SatSleeve Hotspot it is!

Airbus Defence and Space select Scytale

Earlier this year Global Radiodata Communications (GRC) delivered Scytale Lite, a rucksack based communications solution, to the welfare service operated by Airbus Defence and Space.

We are now delighted to announce that Airbus Defence and Space have added the GRC Scytale (the larger 8 port solution) to their mobile welfare communications portfolio to work alongside them and their global commercial operator network to provide and deliver scalable welfare communications solutions, as part of their Wel2Go suite.

The GRC Scytale package provided is a flexible, reliable, cost effective communication solution, with the added ability to provide a communication infrastructure when no existing network is in place. This works well for a range of industrys including emergency responders, government, commercial and aid agency organisations facing critical communication challenges.

Iain Pope, Managing Director at GRC, commented: This is a fantastic development to an already positive agreement with Airbus Defence and Space. GRCs ability to customise and tailor to customers’ needs means that we are capable of reaching the high standards and requirements expected at this level of critical communications operations



GRC supports Inmarsat’s new GX satellite

This week the GRC G2 Solutions team are in Cyprus attending the Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) Bootcamp. The next couple of days will see GRC gearing up alongside Inmarsat and partners for the full global launch of Inmarsat’s new GX services. 

GRC have been proud supporters and suppliers of Inmarsat’s satellite services for a number of years. The new US$1.6bn Inmarsat-5 F2 (I-5 F2) satellite has been launched and airborne since the 1st of February 2015, and GRC have been working keenly towards the full roll out and delivery of this new faster, chunkier bandwidth bearing network.

The new Global Xpress (GX) network will not only deliver broadband speeds which are more than 100 times faster than the Inmarsat’s fourth generation (I-4) constellation; but offers opportunities for end-users, in both the public and private sectors, to significantly enhance their connectivity and bandwidth even in the most remote and inaccessible regions of the world.

GRC Scytale and Scytale Lite customers who use these portable, private communication networks are good examples of particular beneficiaries for this supercharged new airtime and data service. It is ideal for military, aid agencys, emergency responders and commercial users that require fast, flexible communications and with the choice of a secure VPN.

As Inmarsat are industry leaders and pioneers of mobile satellite communications GRC work closely with Inmarsat to deliver the best supporting coverage and service to our own customers. Working perfectly with our Connect 100Connect 100TAtom 65Connect 180G-3075 and G-5075 Antenna Systems; the quality, reliability and speed that this new orbital GX satellite now offers is a major step in the best direction. 


Global Xpress Satellite Network

GRC VSAT Interview - David Hartshorn - The Spectrum Fight

GRC are looking forward to hearing David Hartshorn’s (Secretary General Global VSAT Forum) talk on the Spectrum fight.

In a recent interview, David spoke passionately about the increased regulation and governance of type approved antenna systems and control of allowing non satellite companies to use spectrum space that has historically been used for satellite and bands that will be in the future. This type of work is of paramount importance to secure a satellite industry for the future.

The GVF have been operating for the last 17 years as a voice of the satellite industry.

Come and listen to David’s full talk on the subject at VSAT 2015, London Royal Garden Hotel 16-18th September.


About David Hartshorn Secretary General GVF

David HartshornMr. Hartshorn leads the Forum's efforts to facilitate the provision of satellite-based communications solutions throughout all nations of the world. In particular, Mr. Hartshorn works closely to support national-, regional- and global-level policy makers as they formulate state-of-the-art satellite regulatory frameworks. 

He is also responsible for creating greater awareness of the commercial, economic, political and technological advantages that  satellite-based communications provide.

Mr. Hartshorn also currently serves on various public and private-sector advisory boards, committees, working groups, and project teams where he is involved in facilitating satellite-enabled disaster preparedness, community engagement, financially sustainable business, health, education and more. He is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Satellite Professionals International, and is Founder of its UK Chapter.

Mr. Hartshorn has worked in the satellite communications industry for more than 20 years, serving in sales, business development, publishing, and association offices based in North and Southeast Asia, North America and Western Europe.

He has been published in hundreds of editions of magazines and newsletters, and has spoken and chaired at conferences and seminars in every major region of the world.

Keynote Speakers at VSAT 2015

Some of the events most notable speakers to look out for include: Jon Godfrey (General Manager Paradigm communications), Mathew O’Connor (COO at Avanti Communications) and David Hartshorn (Secretary General Global VSAT Forum), Garr Stephenson (Vice President of Airborne COTM UltiSat),  Reza Rasoulian (Global Head of Connectivity at Carnival Corporation) and Aditya Chatterjee (CTO of Global Eagle Entertainment).

Topical discussions and talks being delivered by theses engaging and highly experienced speakers include: The Importance of connectivity in Maritime, How can VSAT Become Competitive in the Mobility Market, Increasing the Accessibility of VSAT, future of satellite - 5 years from now and many many other areas.

Find out more about a few of these dynamic and inspiring speakers in our next instalments when we will focus on a couple of their chosen topics, their backgrounds in the industry and the details of when you can catch them live at the event.

There is still time to get involved with this year’s event held at the Royal Garden Hotel, London. 16-18th September 2015. 50+ keynote speakers, VSAT Blog, Annual VSAT Awards and 1-to-1 meetings.

GRC Official Bloggers of VSAT 2015

GRC are pleased to be announced as the official bloggers of VSAT 2015 running from 16-18th September 2015 Royal Garden Hotel. VSAT 2015 remains the highlight annual meeting place for the major decision makers from across the industry to focus on key issues, discuss the latest industry developments and identify opportunities across the globe.

Attendees from the entire ecosystem including satellite construction and Launch, satellite operator hardware vendors, operators, resellers and end users including government, military, maritime, oil & gas, NGO, mining, aeronautical, banking, healthcare, lotteries and many more.

“There is no better event to network and learn about the new markets and technology from the industry” Tony Talbot GRC

Wireless Magazine sharing GRC's Arion solution good news

Mobile satellite services operator and telecommunication provider Thuraya Telecommunications and communication solutions provider Global Radio Data Communications (GRC) have jointly announced the successful certification of GRC’s Arion solution.

The Arion solution allows for the transmission of real-time encrypted communications directly to an operations room or another network anywhere in the world, be it land or sea, using any IP bearer.

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65 Degrees North

GRC are proud to sponsor the 65 Degrees North team on their epic expedition.

In May 2015 Peter Bowker an amputee from the recent conflict in Afghanistan and the team at ‘65 Degrees North’ will set out to record the:


‘65 Degrees North’ must pit their resolve and steadfast determination as they rely on fitness and mental grit to overcome the fearsome environment of the Greenland ice cap, its temperatures of -37°c, the threat of fatigue and resident polar bears.

The unsupported team will cover the near 600 km crossing of the ice cap from Kangerlussuaq in the West to Kulusuk in the East.

They will cross the ice cap on skis, pulling pulks, containing their food, clothing and survival equipment for their world record attempt.

This demanding endeavour will encompass the ‘spirit of adventure’ and will test the resilience and fortitude of the team to the limit.

Proud to sponsor British Army veteran Peter Bowker as he crosses Greenland