Maritime Satellite Communications

Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has entered into an agreement with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to offer telecasts of major cricket events to ships and to commercial aircraft through its global VSAT networks.
Castor Networks, a provider of satellite communications services to the maritime, oil and gas and energy sectors, reports that it has acquired Watum Solutions, an IT and satcoms provider to the shipping and offshore industry, effective immediately.
Iridium has completed the successful launch of its first ten Iridium NEXT satellites, with the satellites delivered into low-Earth orbit by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on January 14.
SES has announced that satcom and entertainment services provider GEE has purchased its own Ku-band payload on SES’s AMC-3 satellite, to boost capacity for customers in North America, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.
Marlink is extending the number of Stena Line ships connected to its multi-band communications network, with the first out of four additional vessels set to join the service now online.
UK broadcaster BBC has announced the launch of a global TV entertainment channel produced exclusively for cruise ships and the wider maritime market, via its BBC Worldwide division.
Thuraya has launched its new SeaStar product, a circuit switched voice terminal for maritime communications on smaller and regionally operating vessels looking for basic onboard satellite communications.
The launch of the first satellites in the Iridium NEXT constellation has been delayed once more, following an announcement from launch services provider SpaceX.
The first launch of Iridium’s NEXT generation of satellites, previously delayed following a launch anomaly during testing of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2016, has been given a revised target date of January 8, 2017.
Cavodoro Shipping Corporation has implemented the Cisco-based Maritime Cybersecurity Solution from SetelHellas on board the oil tanker M/T Mistral, in an effort to safeguard its IT infrastructure and minimise the risk of cyber-attack.
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