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April 29, 2011

ORBCOMM Announces International Expansion with New Regulatory Authorization in Ecuador
By Anil Sharma
TMCnet Contributor

“The addition of Ecuador to the growing list of countries where ORBCOMM (News - Alert) services are authorized is yet another confirmation of our commitment to international growth,” said Marc Eisenberg, chief executive officer of ORBCOMM, in a statement.

Eisenberg opined that this new market will allow ORBCOMM to expand business in several targeted industries such as heavy equipment, transportation, mining and industrial fixed assets, which will significantly benefit from ruggedized telematics solutions enabled by ORBCOMM’s global network.

 “This important authorization in Ecuador now completes our regulatory approvals throughout the chain of Andean-based countries in South America, paving the way for our Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to begin using ORBCOMM’s satellite service to track and monitor valuable assets deployed in Ecuador,” said Christian Allred, senior vice president of international at ORBCOMM.

“We also look forward to expanding our Latin American business with the addition of new local M2M solution providers and integrators,” said Allred.

ORBCOMM, a global satellite data communications company, focuses on Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, and continues to expand its global authorizations, which now total over 100 countries and territories.

In August, TMCnet reported that ORBCOMM announced the renewal of an agreement with Caterpillar Inc. The world famous manufacturer of heavy engineering products such as mining equipments, gas turbines and natural gas engines has renewed the agreement with ORBCOMM for satellite communication services for Product Link, their heavy equipment telematics solution.

The financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

ORBCOMM has recently added a few more countries to their network and under the renewed agreement; Caterpillar is going to enjoy the benefits of ORBCOMM networks in those countries. ORBCOMM and Caterpillar have been collaborating for many years and the ORBCOMM management is happy that Caterpillar has decided to carry forward the relationship.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves


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