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Spliethoff to roll out AST VSAT on 80 vessels

Dutch shipping company Spliethoff has signed a deal with AST Marine Networks, a division of The AST Group (AST), to supply global VSAT and L-band satellite communications to approximately 80 vessels across its multiple fleets.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Working with network partner (and Panasonic subsidiary) ITC Global, AST will provide Spliethoff with Ku-band VSAT connectivity on the Panasonic network, as well as failover L-band services and required hardware.

“Changes in the airtime market forced us to look for a new solution quicker than anticipated. AST proved to be a professional provider, willing to go the extra mile and adapting to our requirements,” said Peter Van de Venne, Spliethoff's director of IT.

“The migration went very smoothly (with about 80 ships in nearly two weeks). After migration, the support organisation indeed proved proactive and thorough. When visiting AST, it was a pleasure seeing that support tickets were not evaluated on the speed of closing, but on the actual evaluation feedback from the end customer.”

“We look forward to working with AST towards a next generation internet connectivity on board in which we address challenges like improved cyber security, multiple supplier remote access, broadening sensor data requirements and video applications.”{/mprestriction}

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