C3 partners with Iridium | THE DAILY HERALD

Guests at the C3 launching on Tuesday.

Iridium representatives speaking to military officials.

PHILIPSBURG–Critical Communication Caribbean C3 St. Maarten officially launched its partnership with Iridium, the leading satellite communications supplier, at Simpson Bay Resort on Tuesday.

C3, formerly known as Zenitel Caribbean, has offices and staff in Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten focusing on the entire Caribbean and the north of Latin America.

“This is a great milestone for C3, as the catastrophic Hurricane Irma last year has shown us again that communication is a matter of safety and it is our mission to go beyond our standards to ensure the continuation of mission-critical communication,” stated C3 Managing Director Bert Schreuders.

For the launch of its partnership with Iridium, C3 invited Iridium Business Development Director Roberto Darias, who provided an expert session and gave a live demonstration of the Push-to-Talk (PTT) solution during the event. Iridium has just about completed replacement of all satellites.

The second-generation constellation, called NEXT, already has 55 new satellites in orbit. Just two more launches are pending. The next launch is on July 20 and the last one in mid-September.

Iridium is already de-orbiting the first-generation satellites as the new ones are on station. Iridium will have launched 75 new satellites, creating a new constellation that can provide service for the next 20 years.

The addition of Iridium solutions to the C3 portfolio is the next step in creating “communication redundancy,” especially in cases where all public communication is down or destroyed. The benefits of Iridium are that it offers low latency service,

truly global coverage and network redundancy; satellites are always moving and there is availability of nine in-orbit replacements.

“Even though satellite phones have been known for many years, the diversity of services has broadened now, where C3 is mostly focusing on the PTT and data services via satellite.

“In moments where safety depends on communication C3’s customers need to communicate instantly to their teams, sometimes as a matter of life and death. Iridium makes this possible in any situation, and wherever you are,” stated C3 in a press release Wednesday.

As the hurricane season has already begun, C3’s partnership with Iridium comes at the right time for hurricane preparedness in the Windward Islands.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/77846-c3-partners-with-iridium