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SES and Gilat partner on small vessel VSAT

SES and Gilat Satellite Networks have announced a strategic collaboration to package Gilat’s MarineRay 60P Ku-band maritime VSAT antenna with SES’s satellite capacity, creating a new product within the SES Maritime+ service introduced late last year.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Set for commercial launch in April 2017, the new platform will leverage both wide beam and upcoming high throughput satellite (HTS) capacity, and will be primarily aimed at small ships and yachts.

The system will be sold through a network of authorised dealers across the globe, initially being made available to small yachts and vessels traversing Caribbean waters, followed by small craft operating in the Mediterranean Sea, North Sea, and ocean waters throughout Southeast Asia.

“This collaborative breakthrough is all about leveraging and utilising SES’s robust and diverse network of satellite capacity and Gilat’s all-in-one VSAT terminals to make high-speed, high quality connectivity much more accessible to even the smallest maritime operators,” said Elias Zaccack, SVP of global mobility and the Americas region for SES.

“There are hundreds of thousands of small fishing and cargo vessels that simply haven’t been able to offer affordable high-speed internet access to their crews and passengers – until now. SES’s Maritime+ regional offering makes access to connectivity at sea easier and more affordable than ever before.”{/mprestriction}

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