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Maridrive upgrades its VSAT package

Egypt headquartered Maridive Group is to migrate 24 of its Offshore Support Vessels from Marlink’s entry level VSAT service package to its WaveCall Plus service, as well as equipping one additional new build vessel with the communications system.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Maridive Group has a globally distributed fleet with an operational footprint covering North & West Africa, the Mediterranean, the Caspian Sea and Latin American countries. The company agreed an initial VSAT deal with Marlink in 2012, and this latest contract adds a further five vessels operating in Venezuela and Brazil, whilst also moving to the upgraded service.

“With so much new technology available to support our maritime and business operations our strategy is to ensure reliable broadband connectivity on board,” said Capt. Mohamed Yakout, marine sector general manager, Maridive Group.

“The higher bandwidth and reliability of Marlink’s VSAT service will enable smarter operations through the use of IP based technical applications, ERP, surveillance cameras and equipment monitoring in addition to faster, multi-user internet access and navigation software and chart updates.”

The WaveCall Plus all-inclusive package combines Ku-band connectivity, featuring an increased Maximum Information Rate (MIR) and Committed Information Rate (CIR), with unlimited L-band back-up.

Also included is the XChange service delivery platform, used to manage and control the communications network aboard and from shore.

“We have established three levels of access to the network on XChange for captains, clients and crew, with access levels differing in terms of data quotas, time slots and permissions,” noted Eng. Taha Fathy, communications department manager, Maridive.

“Our VSAT and the control we get over network access with XChange will help us to significantly enhance our client and crew communication facilities, both of which are vital to the on-going success of our business.”{/mprestriction}

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