Maritime Satellite Communications

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.
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.
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