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Telesat signs contract with OmniAccess for satellite constellation broadband

Telesat and OmniAccess have signed a major, multi-year contract for broadband service on Telesat’s  global Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation, which is planned to enter commercial operations in 2022.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}OmniAccess, which provides specialised maritime connectivity solutions, is the first broadband provider worldwide to contract for Telesat’s LEO services. OmniAcccess will become an important partner for Telesat LEO and the agreement provides OmniAccess with certain limited exclusivity to serve the superyacht market.

Telesat LEO’s advanced combination of high throughput, low latency and full global coverage (including over the poles) will allow OmniAccess to deliver advanced capability to vessels in remote and difficult to serve ocean routes. Telesat LEO will have the added capability to concentrate capacity into areas of highest demand, such as major seaports, providing substantially more capacity than is available from other systems.

Bertrand Hartman, CEO and founder, OmniAccess, commented: “It is difficult to overestimate the impact the advent of Telesat’s unique LEO service will have on the maritime industry at large. Telesat LEO will allow us to offer a truly global service, combining an extreme level of availability, unprecedented speed levels and an ultra-low latency that rivals, or even exceeds, the fastest of today’s landbased fiber-connections. For the first time in history, onboard systems and services will no longer be restricted by the limits imposed by today’s GEO & MEO-based technologies, finally bridging a digital divide that has held back onboard IT applications for so long. This will be a major game-changer for the maritime industry, profoundly impacting many social and technical aspects of vessel-operations. OmniAccess is genuinely excited to be at the forefront of such an important technological breakthrough with our valued partner Telesat, an innovative and established market-leader we have worked closely with for over 10 years beginning with the first space-segment OmniAccess ever procured. We are looking forward to our next joint ‘first’.”{/mprestriction}

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