Globalstar is today launching a new pre-paid satellite phone package for customers in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (EMENA) which it claims to be “the lowest cost pre-paid service in the mobile satellite services industry”.
Thuraya has launched an Android version of its SatSleeve device, which brings satellite connectivity to smartphones. The first version, launched less than a year ago, was designed for iPhones.
German developer bobz reports that the crew tool of its shipznet near-shore communications system has been adopted by over 1,000 seafarers within six months of its introduction.
Globecomm Maritime has introduced its new crew voice and videoconferencing system based on the DigiCrew platform by DigiGone, to be called Access Chat Crew.
DigiGone, a Florida-based company specialising in encrypted software-based communication, has announced the introduction of a new videoconferencing service specifically designed for crew welfare.
Icelandic company On-Waves has introduced a maritime GSM ‘box’ that adapts GSM signals for transmission over any IP pipe from a vessel.
Software giant Microsoft has expressed an interest in developing an adapted version of its popular Skype product for use over satellite, according to Inmarsat.
KVH and Globe Wireless have both announced that they have both taken measures to assist Filipino seafarers in staying in touch with home in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control has reported that seven ships were detained for MLC-related deficiencies during the first month of implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006).
UK-based company Satstream Media has announced the launch of SatstreamNet, a multicast-IP content delivery network developed specifically for the maritime industry.
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