Beam Communications Receives Russian Approval for Iridium Range

Melbourne, Australia, May 31, 2013 -- Beam Communications Pty Ltd announced today that its core range of Iridium® satellite products has received regulatory type approvals (homologation) in Russia.

Following the recent launch of services into Russia by OOO Iridium Communications ("Iridium Russia"), Beam is among the first to support Iridium’s efforts in this new and emerging market by certifying its core range of Iridium docking, modem, tracking and antenna solutions.

Russian authorities require all the equipment sold in Russia to be tested and issued official approvals to be used in the country. These satellite solutions will be sold through Beam Reseller Partners in Russia.

"Because of the vast territory and increasing needs for remote communication the Russian market has strong potential for satellite communication. Beam Communications is well placed to address these needs through strategic Iridium Service Providers and Beams’ extensive portfolio of high quality solutions." said Michael Capocchi, Managing Director of Beam Communications.

"Russia has the same demands for communications as the rest of the world, only on a scale far greater than for any other individual country given the many remote areas and gaps in terrestrial coverage. Iridium provides the only satellite handset that works in every square mile of the territory of Russia – something that no other satellite company offers,” said Dan Mercer, Iridium Vice President & General Manager, Europe, Middle East, Africa & Russia. “Beam’s proven portfolio of products, built on the global reach of the Iridium network, is uniquely positioned to address the country's communications challenges and meet strong customer demand throughout Russia."

Beam is a strategic Value Added Manufacturer of Iridium, specializing in voice, data and tracking terminals as well as satellite docking stations for the Iridium 9555 and the Iridium Extreme handheld satellite devices.

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