7 Companies Authorized to Provide Iridium GMDSS Services
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 | Comments

Iridium authorized the first seven companies to provide its Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) services, planned for commercial introduction in the first half of 2020. The seven companies, Arion Communications, Applied Satellite Technology (AST), Marlink, Marsat, NSSLGlobal, Satcom Global and Speedcast will be the first in the industry to provide global satellite GMDSS service to mariners, and the first to offer a new choice in satellite network and equipment.

Iridium GMDSS will feature all three GMDSS services — safety voice, distress alerting and maritime safety information messaging, as well as being able to use Iridium's global voice and data services — in one terminal.

These new GMDSS service providers will play a critical role in delivering and supporting Iridium GMDSS capabilities on ships, including for fleets interested in transitioning to the Iridium network. Additional companies are expected to become Iridium GMDSS service providers in the future.

GMDSS is a safety-of-life system created by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) designed to rescue mariners in distress while at sea. Its satellite communications capabilities are regulated by the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO).

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