Press Release

Iridium and FURUNO Announce Strategic Partnership

By SpaceRef Editor
October 19, 2015
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Iridium Communications Inc. (IRDM) and maritime navigation and communications equipment leader FURUNO ELECTRIC CO., LTD. (Tokyo Stock Exchange 6814) today announced a strategic partnership in which Furuno will be marketing Iridium satellite services and products initially in Japan. As part of this agreement, Furuno will be developing a new part of its portfolio of satellite communications service with Iridium. That may include the Iridium Pilot® antennas, powered by the Iridium OpenPort® broadband service, providing the industry’s only pole-to-pole mobile wireless coverage for ships at sea; Iridium GO!®, the world’s first truly global online smartphone access device; weather resistant Iridium Extreme® handset; and the Iridium Short Burst Data (SBD) service.

Furuno will focus on providing its customers with the benefits from the capabilities that will be enabled by Iridium NEXT, the Company’s next-generation satellite constellation.

“We are extremely pleased to announce our relationship with Iridium and offer the many benefits of its satellite network to our customers,” said Kazuma Waimatsu, director, satcom dept., marine electronic div., FURUNO. “Iridium products and services provide excellent reliability and global coverage, which our customers appreciate and need.”

The Iridium global mobile satellite network delivers reliable communications, anywhere on the planet—even polar regions—and its unique mesh architecture of 66 cross-linked satellites is less susceptible to inclement weather or interference that may impact the performance of other systems. This reliable, truly global coverage is necessary for critical maritime communications.

“We are excited that Furuno—recognized as a global leader in maritime navigation and communications gear—has joined Iridium’s ecosystem of partners,” said Bryan Hartin, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Iridium. “Together, we’ll be enabling more ships to navigate safely—anywhere and everywhere at sea—leveraging the unique benefits of the Iridium network.”

For more information on Iridium, go to www.iridium.com.

About Iridium Communications Inc.

Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network — Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM. For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit www.iridium.com.

About FURUNO

Since commercializing the world’s first fish finder in 1948, FURUNO has supplied many types of products for the marine electronics market. By using its exclusive ultrasonic and electronics technologies, FURUNO has developed various types of products that were the first in Japan or the world to offer particular functions or capabilities. Today, FURUNO is a full-line manufacturer and solution provider for maritime industry with operating bases over 83 countries around the world. The company has a well-established brand backed by a solid position in the marine electronics industry that includes a roughly 40% share of the global marine radar market.

SpaceRef staff editor.