SOURCE: Vizada


September 08, 2011 08:03 ET

Vizada Expands Satcom Portfolio to Include New Iridium Extreme™ and Iridium AxcessPoint

Vizada Partners Among the First to Access New Product Inventory

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Sep 8, 2011) - Vizada, the world's largest independent satellite communications provider, announced today that it is supporting the launch of the new Iridium Extreme™ rugged handheld with location-based services. As an official Iridium Extreme Launch Partner, Vizada is working closely with Iridium to equip Vizada Partners with everything they need to get this product in the hands of users quickly and easily.

Iridium Extreme has fully integrated GPS to allow for location-based services such as online tracking and emergency SOS notification ensuring the safety of personnel deployed remotely. Vizada's secure web portal enables administrators to view and monitor Iridium Extreme users in the field through the available tracking and mapping services.

"Vizada's approach to the market is to offer the widest, most complete selection of mobile and fixed satellite solutions for air, sea and land," said Bob Baker, CEO of Vizada Americas. "Iridium handhelds have long been an important part of that strategy and these new devices offer advancements in both durability and accessibility that customers worldwide are seeking."

The Iridium Extreme handset complements Vizada's full line of satellite handheld services. Vizada will also make available for purchase the Iridium AxcessPoint accessory that connects Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, via Iridium's global network.

"Vizada has been a valuable Iridium partner for many years and we are pleased they are one of our select launch partners for this important new device and service," said Matt Desch, CEO, Iridium. "We count on Vizada and all our partners to uphold our commitment to quality and reliability that our customers demand."

To further support end customers and optimize opportunities for service providers, Vizada has made its SkyFile Mail and SkyFile® Mail via Iridium RUDICS available for the Iridium Extreme. The company also provides Fixed2 Mobile Calling with Iridium +1 Access. All service providers can manage services through Vizada's online account management tool, The Source®.

Vizada will make terminals available to its service provider partners through its Logistics Centers in Rockville, MD USA and The Hague, Netherlands. This distribution model provides fast turnaround on both emergency and standard orders. Vizada also provides 24x7 customer care for all products and services it offers.

About Iridium Extreme
Iridium Extreme provides customers one, in-hand solution for voice, data, GPS, SOS, tracking and SMS, enabling them to make connections, under tough conditions, from the furthest reaches of the planet. Iridium Extreme is the smallest and lightest Iridium handset model ever released and meets stringent U.S. Department of Defense Military Standard 810F for durability. It features the first dedicated, two-way emergency SOS button on a satellite phone.

Iridium AxcessPoint is a lightweight, portable device that establishes a hotspot using the Iridium Extreme or 9555, providing Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, with connectivity from anywhere in the world. It will be available in the fourth quarter 2011.

For more information on Iridium Extreme, Iridium AxcessPoint, please visit

About Vizada
Vizada is the worldwide leading independent provider of global satellite communications, with more than $700 million in 2010 revenue, and more market share on more satellite networks than any other satellite communications provider in the world. Vizada customers include commercial, military and business aircraft, merchant shipping vessels, emergency response teams, government and military units, news gathering organizations, and Fortune 500 companies. Vizada offers fixed and mobile communications services using multiple satellite network operators, including, Eutelsat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Iridium, Loral, New Skies, SES Americom and Thuraya. Gateway access to these networks is made possible through the Vizada Global Teleport Network -- five state-of-the-art facilities strategically positioned around the world. Vizada also provides Vizada Solutions™, leading edge technologies for IP & networking, messaging, business tools, prepaid solutions, fixed2mobile services and secure communications. Vizada has regional centers of operation located in Washington D.C., United States for the Americas and Paris, France for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

About Iridium
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 ever-expanding 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 is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbols IRDM (common stock) and IRDMW ($7.00 warrants). For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit

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