Thuraya Telecommunications has announced the signing of an agreement with VNPT-Vinaphone for the establishment of mobile satellite and maritime communication services in Vietnam. The deal will give the Vietnamese telecoms operator 100% coverage of the country’s territory, including its islands and mountainous areas, as well as coverage of ‘two-thirds of the world’ by utilising Thuraya’s network. With the satellite mobile and post-paid Vinaphone SIM, customers will be able to make voice calls, send SMS and use GPS from any location in Vietnam. In its initial launch phase, VNPT-Vinaphone will introduce Thuraya’s XT-Lite handsets and maritime communication solution SF2500 for Vietnamese consumers, government agencies and enterprise customers. VNPT-Vinaphone is a wholly owned subsidiary of national PTO Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), itself owned by the Vietnamese government.