Pharostar’s coverage area is planned to be extended twice this year, to offer services for vessels operating in the South Atlantic and Indian oceans. The service can be combined with a mobile satellite service (MSS) back-up for full global coverage.
The new range of service plans will be based on ‘data allowances’, differing from a more common ‘throughput-based’ VSAT offering. Packages will start from 5GB for an airtime cost of $1,000, with top-up options available.
New 60cm and 80cm Ku-band antennas have been also been added to the portfolio, to supplement the existing 1m version. Data rates of up to 1.5Mbps will be offered.
“These additions are the latest components in our strategy to offer the largest choice to the maritime community and to develop the most comprehensive maritime broadband solutions portfolio in the market,” said Ghani Behloul, Vizada chief marketing officer.
“They will allow us to welcome more vessels onto our network and contribute to improve the service for the existing ones.”