A new report from analysts Euroconsult has claimed that the value of the maritime satellite communications market has reached almost $1 billion in annual revenue at the satellite operator level, and is closing in on $2 billion in annual revenue at the service provider level.
Panasonic Global Communications and Newtec have unveiled a new high bandwidth satellite modem which will be offered to Panasonic customers with the promise of being able to provide twenty times the bandwidth of Panasonic’s current system.
Telenor Maritime has expanded its existing communications systems agreement with Color Line to supply Wi-Fi and mobile phone services across the cruise and ferry company’s entire fleet.
Inmarsat partner Singtel has completed one of Asia’s first commercial installations of Fleet Xpress, with “K” Line Ship Management Singapore’s 9,600 TEU container ship Houston Bridge implementing the system.
Satellite operator SES has launched a new global service for the shipping sector called SES Maritime+, which aims to deliver high-speed connectivity to vessels traversing the oceans by leveraging SES’s global fleet of over 50 satellites, ground infrastructure of more than 20 teleports and upwards of 6,000 points of presence.
Globecomm reports that it has delivered its first Inmarsat Fleet Xpress terminals to Helikon Shipping Enterprises, with two units commissioned in Globecomm’s Biddinghuizen facility and delivered to the Tsuneishi Heavy Industries Cebu shipyard in the Philippines, where the ships are under construction.
Intellian has launched Specialist Certification programme GVF 562N for seafarers working with its marine stabilised VSAT terminals, including an initial course in terminal operation.
Navarino has entered into a new agreement with Inmarsat to integrate Fleet Xpress into its existing service portfolio, with a commitment to bring more than 1,200 vessels on to the Ka-band system over a six-year period.
Hellenic Seaways, working with Telenor Satellite partner Marel Electronics in Piraeus, Greece, has selected Telenor’s Ka-band VSAT to provide connectivity services on board the entire Hellenic Seaways ferry fleet.
Inmarsat and VT iDirect, who have worked together over the past four years on the Global Xpress programme, have announced the formation of a joint research & development (R&D) team named ‘i2’ to support the development of next generation satellite communications technologies.
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