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AST installs first Iridium Certus

Satellite solutions and projects company, The AST Group (AST), has announced the first ever commercial installation of Iridium Certus with long-term partner Alphatron on board Oceanwide expedition vessel ‘Rembrandt Van Rijn’.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The vessel, originally built as a herring lugger in the last century, is now used for cruise expeditions in the polar regions. During a recent upgrade of communications, Iridium Certus was chosen to offer faster speeds and increased coverage for passengers on-board the vessel in remote polar regions.

Dennis Winterswijk, business unit manager ITAV & Communication, Alphatron Marine commented: “We are proud to be part of the world’s first commercial Certus installation with our valued customer Oceanwide Marine Services. Certus is delivered to the vessel via a Cobham 4300 terminal and provides guests onboard the possibility to share their Arctic cruise experience with friends and family. The service has been running smoothly since installation and has resulted in a full roll-out of Iridium Certus on all vessels in their fleet.’

Mark Sykes, AST director, said: “We see the great partnership between our team and our partners as a key component in the successful launch (and world’s first commercial connection) of Iridium Certus.  Our partner Alphatron is a sophisticated maritime organisation who really understands the compelling value that AST adds to the Certus proposition – the resulting AST/Alphatron service is so much more than just airtime and a terminal, and that’s exactly what the market tells us is needed.”{/mprestriction}

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