The companies say that the solution will be installed on supertankers owned by an unnamed shipping company based in Greece.
In mid-2011, ORBIT and Milano Teleport supplied the tanker company with a single C-band system for testing purposes. The new contract is a result of the successful conclusion of that trial, which examined the quality of service and data transfer rates available with the system.
The shipping company will now equip its entire fleet of tankers with this VSAT solution over the course of 2012 and 2013, to support various broadband applications, including centralised management and control from company headquarters, VoIP telephony, as well as VPN and internet connectivity for the ship's crew.
"With the increasing demand for true global broadband at sea we have invested in a wide range of satellite airtime services, as well as value added services and highly innovated remote diagnostic solutions for the maritime market," commented Nicola Mossino, maritime managing director for Milano Teleport.
"Our service is specifically tailored to meet the requirements of maritime customers, providing always-on data and voice communication. With OrBand, our solution guarantees constant quality of service under any weather conditions across the globe."
ORBIT's recently launched OrBand can be shipped as a single, fully assembled and tested unit in a standard 20-foot container, for single-day installation, which the company notes is much quicker than what was possible with traditional C-band antennas.
"This substantial order is further confirmation of the quality and innovation that our revolutionary OrBand solution brings to the field of maritime broadband communications," said Avi Cohen, president and CEO of ORBIT.
"We are proud that this premier tanker company has selected our joint solution with Milano Teleport for global maritime broadband services, following its in-depth validation of system performance under difficult maritime conditions."
"We continue to pursue further commercial partnerships, which will help to position ORBIT as an industry leader and to expand the scope of our business activities."