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TIN news:    Iridium Communications Inc. and  FURUNO ELECTRIC CO., LTD. have 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!,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.”

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