Maritime Satellite Communications

Iridium has confirmed that all 10 Iridium NEXT satellites set for inclusion in the second launch in its NEXT programme have arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California and are being processed for their scheduled launch with SpaceX on June 25th.
GTMaritime has launched GTLitespeedMAX, a regional VSAT package providing 25GB for commercial use along with unlimited night-time data usage for crew between 9pm and 5am UTC.
The proposed merger between Intelsat and proposed LEO (low Earth orbit) satellite constellation OneWeb has been called off, after a requisite number of bondholders refused to back the move.
Inmarsat has announced that it has awarded the contract for the construction of an additional Global Xpress (GX) communications satellite to Thales Alenia Space.
Silversea Cruises has agreed a deal with Telenor Maritime and SES to roll out a mobile ecosystem on board its fleet of eight vessels, including global VSAT services and mobile broadband backhaul, 3G and Wi-Fi with speeds up to 150 Mbps.
The European project Efficiensea2 has joined forces with Royal Arctic Line to complete the first-ever test of how space weather in the Arctic region influences the full range of a vessel’s communication channels.
Cobham SATCOM has unveiled its first Iridium Certus Connected terminal, the SAILOR 4300, with the first customer shipment expected before the end of the year.
Marlink has launched SkyFile Mail 10.1, designed to improve management of e-mail traffic and user accounts through automatic detection and profile automation. The new version is available as a free Over the Air (OTA) update on Marlink’s VSAT and back-up L-band services.
Ship management company Wallem Group has agreed a deal to make Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress Ka-band VSAT service its favoured connectivity choice for ships at sea.
Norwegian maritime technology company Dualog has announced a new strategic partnership with Japanese shipping giant NYK, to work together on research and development of technologies in areas like automation, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data analysis, for use in applications for the maritime market.
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