Sunday, March 15, 2020

BEAM’S ZOLEO TO BE SOLD THROUGH MYER FLAGSHIP STORES

Beam Communications Holdings Ltd (ASX: BCC) is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to sell ZOLEO through the LiTMUS LAB in Myer’s flagship Sydney store from 1 March 2020. LiTMUS LAB is a shop-in-shop concept store showcasing the best consumer technology products. ZOLEO will first be available at Myer’s Sydney CBD store followed by Myer Chadstone in Melbourne over the next few weeks, and Myer Brisbane by 1 May 2020. 


LiTMUS LAB showcases the best in innovation from around the world, allowing customers to discover, experience, and test the ZOLEO device before making a purchase. 

Further, ZOLEO will be available on the Myer website, which is visited by a million consumers a month. “We are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest technology trends and we believe that ZOLEO will resonate with consumers who value being in constant contact with friends and family, no matter where they are in Australia or the world,” said LiTMUS LAB CEO, Ashley Heath. 
“ZOLEO is the only satellite product we have seen that we believe has mainstream appeal, and we are excited to have the opportunity to showcase this portable messaging device at our stores.” 

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Chinese fishing vessels to have a degree of safety like never before!


Beam Communications Holdings Ltd (ASX: BCC) is pleased to announce that it has received another purchase order from Beijing Marine Communications & Navigation Company (MCN). 

The order is for the Beam designed and developed Oceana 800 satellite terminal, which will be deployed on fishing vessels in China. The Oceana 800 supports the Inmarsat GSPS service, essentially allowing for almost-instant communication from anywhere in the world to anywhere in the world, except polar caps- this is the first approved device of its kind in the world. 

For MCN, it means Chinese fishing vessels will have a degree of safety like never before. With the ability to reliably stay in touch with the mainland, safety and relief crews can be notified of impending danger and complications on a journey regardless of where the ship is sailing.

MCN is a leading operator of satellite communication services in China and has been a Beam Reseller since 2012. The company is the only organisation authorised to supply Inmarsat services on the Chinese mainland. The long-standing strategic partnership between the companies has led to the sale of several thousand Beam Oceana products into China.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

LAUNCH OF WORLD’S FIRST SEAMLESS GLOBAL MESSAGING & SOS SERVICE

Beam Communications Holdings Limited (ASX: BCC) is pleased to announce the pre-sales launch of the affordable and highly capable global messaging device, ZOLEO, on 18 December 2019, with the unit to ship to customers from mid-January 2020. 

The compact, wearable and rugged satellite device will be available from the SatPhoneShop.com website, wholly-owned by Beam, and multiple major online platforms, such as eBay and Amazon.com, shortly thereafter. 

ZOLEO will also be sold through select leading brick and mortar retailers, suiting users who prefer to inspect the product before purchase. Details of those vendors will be provided shortly. ZOLEO will carry a MSRP of A$345 and will give global satellite messaging and SOS capabilities to mobile phones (Android and Apple) via low-cost monthly plans starting from A$32, up to an unlimited usage plan for A$80. All plans include an Australian dedicated mobile number that allows users to send and receive SMS to the same number for the life of their service. All prices are inclusive of GST
Significant and targeted market appeal 

The development of ZOLEO was based on thorough market research of target users, with 96% of surveyed respondents rating messaging communications and SOS alert features as the biggest reasons to purchase such a device. In addition to ensuring global SMS functionality, users can also communicate through the free ZOLEO messenger and email app, no matter where they are on the planet, as long as there is clear sight of the sky. There is also a dedicated SOS button for emergencies and a separate check-in “I am OK” button. 

The affordable solution is aimed at anyone who travels to or lives in remote areas of the globe, or anyone who moves in and out of mobile coverage for work or play. 

As more than 70% of the earth’s surface is without mobile coverage, and 84% of Australia is not serviced by terrestrial networks, this presents a number of large market opportunities for ZOLEO. This includes domestic and international adventure tourists (land or sea), rural residents, remote workers, caravanners, boaters, fishermen, 4WD enthusiasts, mariners and lone workers. The product will also be an essential tool for executive travelers who requires constant contact with their employers and clients. Further, ZOLEO is perfect for those going on cruises who want to remain connected with friends and family, or as a gift to teenagers embarking on a backpacking adventure.



Unique features 

ZOLEO has wider market appeal and offers several advantages over current mobile satellite devices. These include:
 • Seamless messaging /email with auto switching between Wi-Fi, mobile and satellite • Familiar smartphone messaging experience with emojis and ease of access to phone’s contacts 
• Water-resistant to IP68 (submergible up to 1.5m of water for 30 minutes) • Australian mobile number to send and receive SMS
 • Dedicated 24/7 SOS button and separate Check-In button 
• Location (GPS) sharing • DarkSkyTM weather forecasts • Up to 200 hours battery life • Multitude of mounting options on body, vehicle, bike, boat etc 
• Most affordable solution of its kind that’s currently available 





Global sales and recurring revenue 

ZOLEO will initially be available in the Australian and North American markets before a staged rollout to other regions. Beam is responsible for the entire Asia Pacific region and Roadpost will promote and the product in North America under the previously announced 50-50 joint-venture arrangement.

Both companies will jointly develop all other geographic markets. “We are excited by the impending launch of the device as it fills an unmet need in the market. Our experience in developing and selling mobile satellite devices to adventurers in Canada and the US for more than 20 years tells me that ZOLEO will be a big success,” said the chief executive of Roadpost, Morris Shaun. “We have already received pre-orders from several satellite communications dealers and are close to signing up a large North American outdoor equipment retailer.” 

The Managing Director of Beam, Michael Capocchi said: “It’s taken us less than two years to design and launch an innovative product like ZOLEO, and that’s a testament to the expertise we’ve developed over almost 20 years in designing communication equipment for the world’s largest satellite operators. “The appeal of ZOLEO is larger than what we are initially targeting. The next step for us will be to develop an end-to-end enterprise solution that will appeal to industries like mining and utilities.” 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Another World First for Beam Communications

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, 12 May 2017:  Beam Communications Pty Ltd (Beam), a wholly owned subsidiary of World Reach Limited (ASX: WWR), has designed, developed and manufactured the world’s first Satellite and LTE Wi-Fi hotspot product under an OEM arrangement with Thuraya Telecommunications Company of Dubai (Thuraya).

Thuraya publicly launched the innovative new terminal, known as the Thuraya WE, at the 2017 Thuraya Partner Conference in Dubai in April.  The product is the world’s first all-in-one dual mode Satellite and LTE portable Wi-Fi Hotspot.
 
Thuraya WE
The terminal will enable users to access satellite internet at speeds up to 384kbps, as well as LTE speeds in the Megabits per second when used in Cellular LTE mode, which is auto-selected by the terminal when that service is available. “This is an exciting new product, the first Hotspot to offer the embedded dual mode functionality, and it’s a demonstration of Beam’s continuous focus on innovation.” said Michael Capocchi, President of Beam.

Beam also developed a dedicated Thuraya WE App, for both iOS and Android devices that will enable simple and easy access to worldwide voice calls and SMS services, along with the use of all applications on a smart phone, tablet or desktop. This includes full support of services such as i-message®, Skype®, WhatsApp®, Viber®, YouTube, WeChat®, email services and any other internet-accessible content for up to 10 users simultaneously via a simple Wi-Fi connection.

The terminal will also facilitate seamless roaming by Thuraya customers, from satellite to terrestrial LTE services via either a Thuraya SIM card or a standard GSM SIM card, enabling users to utilize the best option available.

Thuraya has agreements with more than 395 GSM cellular roaming partners, particularly in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia that enable roaming from the cellular service across to the satellite service on the same SIM card. This will optimize the appeal of the Thuraya WE Hotspot, and early indications of likely demand have been very encouraging.

“The timely delivery of the Thuraya WE is a great achievement and demonstrates Beam’s focus on technology development while fulfilling the growing needs of major satellite operators and customers.” said Davide Carpegna, VP of Product and Business Development at Beam.


Beam will release early units for demonstrations and marketing activities soon, with the Thuraya WE commercial units available from Thuraya in the second half of 2017.  

The Thuraya WE product launch video, available here.
http://www.worldreach.com.au/we_video
 
Media Contact
Davide Carpegna
Ph:  +44 208 144 1405
Email:  media@beamcommunications.com


About Beam Communications Pty Ltd
Beam Communications Pty Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of World Reach Limited (ASX:WRR). Beam Communications designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of Thuraya, Iridium & Inmarsat Satellite voice, data, tracking terminals and accessories for the global telecommunications market. Beam is a strategic partner to three of the four major Mobile Satellite Service operators and has an extensive global network of partner’s reselling solutions that are deployed into a wide range of vertical markets including Maritime, Transport, Government, Defence, Mining, Global Traveler, Construction, Forestry, Emergency Services, Relief Aid, Telemetry and Rural Telephony. For more information, visit www.beamcommunications.com

About Thuraya Telecommunications Company
Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider offering innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and humanitarian NGO. Thuraya’s superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two thirds of the globe by satellite and across the whole planet through its unique GSM roaming capabilities. The company’s diverse range of technologically superior and highly reliable mobile satellite handsets and broadband devices provides ease of use, value, quality and efficiency. Thuraya remains committed to serving humanity through delivery of the essential tools for optimal connectivity, never leaving anyone out of reach. For more information, visit www.thuraya.com

About World Reach Limited

World Reach Limited is an Australian publicly listed company (ASX:WRR) with strategic ownership of companies involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of equipment, applications and services for the global needs of Information Communication & Technology markets. For more information, visit www.worldreach.com.au  

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Beam transforms customer web experience with launch of clear and detailed website

Beam Communications, has launched a new website that will give customers a complete company toolkit at their fingertips. The website is simple to navigate and is rich in information and resources, enabling customers to access Beam’s entire product and service offering.

“We have transformed the website experience for our customers,” explains Michael Capocchi, President & CEO of Beam Communications. “Our company website is critically important. Effectively, it is our shop window, and we wanted to make sure that no matter who visits, they can find what they are looking for quickly and easily.”

The new website contains a wealth of information on Beam’s products, services and how to buy them, as well as information on the design process, news and the philosophy behind the company. Customers can readily access Beam’s customer support at any time through the website and can also access information on product service and warranty.  

The re-development of the website is a reflection of Beam’s position in the global satellite communications market. The company has grown from the developer of a satellite terminal for a local service provider, to a highly respected Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) working with the biggest names in the MSS industry.
Today, Beam is recognised as an innovator and developer of products that have an impact on society. Used in the most remote and hostile places on the planet, the company’s creativity and technological expertise, enables it to solve some of the most challenging communications problems.
“It is vitally important that Beam can reach out to our growing global customer base and to our valued resellers,” continues Capocchi. “The website allows us to do this in a very efficient way. Beam places great emphasis on our customer relationships, many of which have developed over years of business together. We also look forward to introducing new companies to our products and services. Through our website, we can be even more efficient and continue to provide the highest quality service to all of our customers, no matter where in the world they are.”

Sunday, February 21, 2016

TELSTRA STARTS SELLING IRIDIUM GO!® NATIONALLY


MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, 11 February 2016: Beam Communications has today announced Telstra will sell the innovative Iridium GO!® nationally from today.


Beam Communications, a wholly own subsidiary of ASX listed World Reach Limited (ASX: WWR), designed and manufactures the product under an OEM arrangement for Iridium Communications Inc.

Powered by the world's furthest reaching network, the Iridium GO!® is a compact, rugged and portable device that provides global voice calling and SMS solutions and enhanced messaging and email  capabilities through optimised apps for any Android or iOS device,” Beam Communications CEO Michael Capocchi said.

“A major benefit of the Australian designed Iridium GO!® is it enables satellite connectivity to the Iridium satellite network for mobile devices where terrestrial networks do not provide coverage or when they may become unavailable. ” Mr Capocchi said.

“Simply flip up the integrated antenna and the battery-powered unit connects quickly and automatically to the Iridium low-Earth orbit satellite constellation to extend the functionality of the mobile devices. It’s possible to connect and operate up to five devices within this area using the Iridium GO!® application on each device, “ he said.

Iridium GO!® supports a range of global communications, including: voice calling, SMS, email, social networking, photo sharing and SOS Alert and Tracking capabilities.
 
Iridium GO! App - iOS
“I like how the Iridium GO!® can be taken anywhere.” Said Rick O’Brien from the Offroad Adventure Show.  “It’s small enough to fit in a pocket and, like other Iridium devices, ruggedized to withstand rain, sand, dust and rough use. It can be carried, easily stowed in a backpack or mounted in vehicles and for use in possibly any mobile applications.”

Iridium GO!® with a Telstra Mobile Satellite service package is available now at Telstra retailers nationally and through the World Reach subsidiary, online satellite phone sales business, SatPhone Shop, www.satphoneshop.com.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Iridium Appoints Beam Go-to-Market Partners for Iridium® Push-to-Talk

Melbourne, Australia, July 1, 2015 -- Beam Communications Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of World Reach Limited an Australian publicly listed company (ASX: WRR) has been appointed an official Service Provider for the Iridium® Push-to-Talk.

Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM) today announced the initial service providers for the Iridium Push-to-Talk (PTT) solution. Iridium PTT is the world’s first global, satellite-based push-to-talk service, enabling instant communication between participants located anywhere on earth. Iridium PTT provides a fast, simple, and global service making the Iridium network available to tens, or tens of thousands of devices with the push of a single button.

Iridium PTT is comprised of three components that work seamlessly to provide a ubiquitous solution globally: the Iridium PTT service delivered through the Iridium Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation; the Iridium Command Center, the cloud-based management system where all radios and talkgroups are managed; and the Iridium PTT radios, including both the Iridium Extreme® PTT as well as other satellite or hybrid PTT devices or accessories that may be developed to further expand enterprise applications for Iridium PTT.

The Iridium PTT Command Center is the first ever cloud-based customer management system for satellite-based push-to-talk solutions. The Command Center gives organizations the ability to easily manage and define the geographic coverage for each needed talkgroup. The coverage areas are created using a graphical map interface fueled by Google Maps. Through the Command Center, administrators can quickly and easily define which devices/users are members of specific talkgroups and how many talkgroups are needed. As situations evolve, managers are able to make changes to groups dynamically, and these are carried out over-the-air to Iridium PTT devices within seconds.

Iridium PTT, like most commercial and private trunked radio services solutions, uses half-duplex communication, like a walkie-talkie, where one party talks to other participants in a group who serve as listeners. The coverage provided by the Iridium satellite network, as well as advanced security and features, elevates this service far above and beyond what is currently offered today.

Iridium PTT works with Iridium’s existing constellation and is compatible with Iridium NEXT, the company’s next generation satellite constellation, which is scheduled to begin launching in late 2015 and to be completed in late 2017.

The Iridium® Push-to-Talk service will be promoted and sold by Beam to both direct and indirect customers within Australia.