Maritime Satellite Communications

RedPort Global and SMSGlobal have begun a strategic collaboration to develop satellite communications solutions for maritime and enterprise markets, combining business, operations and crew communication services from each company to provide satellite optimisation packages for any vessel or remote workgroup.
NSSLGlobal reports that it has acquired Norwegian IPTV company SnapTV, a deal which will see the companies work together to promote and develop entertainment services for maritime and offshore companies.
OmniAccess has expanded its contract with Telesat, agreeing a deal to add new high throughput satellite (HTS) capacity on Telesat’s Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite to serve the Caribbean.
Hamburg-headquartered ship operator NSC-Group is to move its fleet of approximately 60 vessels to VSAT, after agreeing a 10GB per ship monthly data deal with Marlink to implement its Sealink service.
KVH has announced that Netherlands-based Vroon has extended its mini-VSAT Broadband contract covering more than 140 Vroon vessels, to begin another multi-year agreement.
VT iDirect reports that it has completed a successful round of over-the-air tests of its latest generation iQ Series remote on the Intelsat 29e satellite, the first in Intelsat’s Epic series of high throughput satellites (HTS).
SpeedCast has announced the official release of SpeedMail Business Unlimited, a new service bundle offering unlimited business e-mail for the maritime industry at a fixed cost.
Rock Seven has launched a new fixed cost monthly GSM subscription for users of its dual-mode vessel tracking system, RockFLEET, which also uses Iridium’s satellite network to send data when out of GSM coverage.
The Danish Maritime Fund has backed an Internet of Things (IoT) technology development pilot project led by Aalborg-based company GateHouse, which aims to use data collected from a variety of shipboard sensors to optimise vessel performance and provide information to authorities as required.
The launch date for Iridium’s first group of satellites in its NEXT constellation has been pushed back a month from its announced December 16 slot, and is now scheduled to take place in January, the company reports.
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