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Zodiac extends VSAT deal

Ship management company Zodiac Maritime has extended its satellite communications agreement with Satcom Global, to roll out the Satcom Global Aura VSAT service across its globally trading fleet of tankers, bulk carriers and container ships.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}To date, 36 vessels have gone live on the Aura network with upwards of 80 expected to be installed by the end of the year.

“We have a responsibility to ensure the welfare of our clients’ valued workforce and we appreciate that access to communications is a key part of that,” said Zodiac, in a statement.

“We want the crew we manage to be able to communicate with the wider world without restriction or delay. As a vessel charterer, it’s also essential that technology on board our vessels performs to the highest standard, meeting the expectations of our customers. Aura outperforms several VSAT solutions we have experienced over recent years, so we’re very happy with our choice.”

Satcom Global began the installation programme in 2017 following a trial of the service, deploying the system at ports across Europe and Asia. Installation includes Intellian v100 Ku-band antennas and Iridium Pilot L-band back-up terminals, with Wi-Fi access points provided for crew to access the internet using their own devices.

“We are delighted to continue our relationship with Zodiac and provide them with a futureproof solution for their fleet communications,” said Alex Stewart, chief operations officer at Satcom Global.

“As a technologically minded organisation, Aura VSAT is the perfect solution to grow with their needs. This year all Aura customers will benefit from a range of network enhancements including increased footprint and bandwidth as HTS (High Throughput Satellites) come online.”{/mprestriction}

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