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Verizon Business Expands Access To Satellite Broadband Services

The company's collaboration with Thrane & Thrane offers portable satellite services for voice and data access from remote locations.

Verizon Business enterprise customers no longer have to jump through hoops to gain portable satellite services for voice and data access from remote locations.

The company announced an agreement with Thrane & Thrane at the Mobile Business Expo in New York City Tuesday, noting that the deal will make it the first global provider to offer satellite broadband services to a broad range of businesses.

The services are commonly used by government and media groups with people in remote locations and war zones that lack telecommunications infrastructure. They are available to individuals whose companies request customized services.

"We collaborated with Thrane & Thrane to design this service for broad appeal in terms of pricing, speeds, ease of setup and use, and device sizes," Nancy Gofus, Verizon Business senior VP and chief marketing officer, said. "Industries such as energy, finance, transportation, health care, manufacturing, mining, retail, and the public sector -- including emergency first responders -- will find the service an attractive way to enhance mobility and backup continuity for wireline and wireless networks."

Verizon Business' new Global Broadband Satellite Access is immediately available for customers based in the United States.

Thrane & Thrane's Explorer terminals connect to a broadband global area network (BGAN), which includes geostationary satellites to extend mobile and portable voice and data connectivity to places lacking traditional wireless and terrestrial networks.

"In today's business environment, there is an increasing need to stay connected regardless of geographic location," Gofus said. "Mobile satellite is another arrow in our quiver and we don't intend to stop here. We will continue to innovate as we meet our customers' ever changing, always challenging global requirements."

Users can access company data and make voice calls using the small, lightweight, durable device, which is similar to a laptop. The service can support IP and circuit-switched data in a single- or multiple-user environment.

The service helps round out Verizon's suite of mobile enterprise solutions.

"This agreement opens up a new world of opportunity for enterprise customers," George Spohn, VP and general manager of Thrane & Thrane for the Americas, said. "By bringing together the Verizon global network with Thrane & Thrane airtime and the small, easy-to-use Explorer family of satellite modems, we can extend a company's reach with mobile applications that heretofore were only available on a custom individual-case basis."

Almost two-thirds of the companies interviewed by Forrester Research in 2007 expect to increase mobile data spending.

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