Maritime Satellite Communications

Korean maritime satcom antenna manufacturer KNS has introduced a new Cellular IP Modem (CIM), that can allow operators to monitor and control multiple antenna systems using just a single PC, by utilising GSM signals to connect to the equipment on board.
Turkish shipping and container company, Arkas Line (part of Arkas Holding), has agreed a deal with Orange Business Services to implement a hybrid comms network, including Orange’s communications management platform Maritime Connect and associated security services.
Teekay has extended its VSAT contract with Marlink covering its entire shuttle tanker fleet, with the communications systems set to receive an upgrade following this new deal.
Satcom Global has agreed a partnership deal with satellite operator SES, which will see SES capacity form a key part of Satcom Global’s new Ku-band VSAT service, Aura.
Dualog has launched a new ‘Innovation Garage’ division that aims to drive innovation in maritime software and IT systems, inspired by Silicon Valley garage start-up stories of allowing developers an opportunity to pursue radical or unusual products while working alongside Dualog’s existing research and development teams.
Iridium has contracted to add an eighth SpaceX Falcon 9 launch to its Iridium NEXT programme, as part of a ‘rideshare’ agreement the will see the launch shared with the twin-satellites of the NASA/GFZ Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission.
Intelsat 33e, the second of Intelsat’s EpicNG high throughput satellites (HTS), has successfully completed all in-orbit testing and entered service on 29 January 2017, the satellite operator has announced.
Flat panel antenna company Phasor has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Thales Alenia Space (TAS) for the development of a software-defined terminal for commercial Ka-band satellite communications.
Globecomm Maritime has launched new metered VSAT plans that can include two separate data bundles to split traffic for operational use from crew communications.
P&I Club Steamship Mutual has released a DVD titled ‘Cyber Security: Smart, Safe Shipping’ highlighting the implications of a potential cyber security breach for a shipping company.
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