IMO on Distress and Safety at Sea
Seafarers depend on a robust distress and safety system when life is in danger at sea. This week’s meeting of the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (19-23 February) will be focusing on core areas of International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s work relating to safety at sea. The meeting will review progress in its ongoing work to modernize the Global Maritime Distress and Safety system (GMDSS). The GMDSS was adopted in 1988 to ensure full integration…
Satlink Signs on with Fleet Xpress, FleetBroadband
Satlink Satellite Communications Ltd, a satellite communication and technical services provider, announced that it has become an Inmarsat Partner for Fleet Xpress and FleetBroadband. As part of the partnership Satlink’s solutions will be integrated with Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service to deliver value added services including its in-house developed Satbox, and Tracklite service that enhances connectivity to their existing global customer network involving merchant shipping, offshore, fishing and leisure markets. Socrates Theodossiou, joint Managing Director of The Tototheo Group said, “On-board bandwidth requirements keep growing, driving the satellite communications industry to integrate and develop in-house tailor made solutions for end-users.
ORBIT EXPANDS GLOBAL PRESENCE FOR ITS SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS BUSINESS UNIT
Netanya, Israel, March 14, 2011 – ORBIT Communication Systems, Ltd., a Satellite Communications, Tracking & Telemetry, and Communications Management Systems provider, today announced that it has appointed new regional sales directors in Europe and Latin America for its Satellite Communications (SatCom) Business Unit. Mr. Michel Rieken has joined ORBIT Communication Systems Europe as Director of Sales and Business Development. Having worked over 20 years in the telecommunications industry, including 12 years in satellite communications, Mr.
MTN Provides VSAT to Crystal Cruises
MTN Satellite Communications (MTN), global service provider of communications, connectivity, and content services to remote locations around the world, announced that it has been awarded a five-year contract extension with Crystal Cruises to provide its VSAT satellite communication services. According to Brent Horwitz, senior vice president, MTN cruise and ferry services, MTN will continue providing a full range of satellite communication services for guests and crew, including onboard cellular phone service, OceanPhone crew calling, inbound dialing, and MTN Worldwide TV. The agreement calls for each ship to have a guaranteed committed information rate (CIR) of 1 MB with the ability to burst to significantly higher bandwidth levels. www.mtnsat.com
France Telecom Signs BGAN Agreement with Inmarsat
On August 18, France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications and Inmarsat signed the first distribution agreement for the new BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) service. On its launch in H2 2005, BGAN will be the first mobile satellite communications solution to offer global coverage with data rates of up to 432 Kbps. Initially developed for land-based markets, maritime and aero versions of BGAN are currently planned for commercial launch in 2007. The service will be available via a portfolio of small, portable terminals, offering guaranteed throughputs at various speeds. Voice communications and data transfer via a 64 Kbps ISDN channel will also be possible.
Apax Partners to Acquire FTMSC
France Telecom has signed an agreement with Apax Partners to sell 100 percent of the shares of France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications SA (FTMSC). The completion of the transaction is expected in the near future. FTMSC is one of the world’s largest mobile satellite communications providers, marketing and distributing communications solutions for customers based in areas with limited access to terrestrial telecoms infrastructure. Apax Partners is one of the world’s leading private equity investment groups. Its funds invest in specific industries including telecoms, and provide long-term equity financing to build and strengthen world-class companies. This deal will enable FTMSC to consolidate its position on the international mobile satellite communications market.
Intellian, JRC Ink Partnership Deal
Intellian, a leader in maritime satellite communication antenna technology, and JRC, a world leading marine electronics manufacturer specialising in commercial navigation and communications equipment, recently announced a new partnership agreement. Under the arrangement, JRC will begin selling Intellian satellite communication products within Japan through their established sales channels, with the Intellian 1M GX terminal becoming their hardware solution within this size category.
Iridium Aggressively Pursues New Outlets
Iridium Satellite LLC, the company born from the ashes of what was one of the most spectacular and initial telecom failures, has fortified its market position in the past year, aggressively pursuing relationships with companies that will help expand use of its satellite network across all industires. The Alexandria, Va.-based Iridium — which bought the assets of Iridium LLC out of bankruptcy in December 2000, launched global voice services in March 2001 and added ubiquitous Internet connectivity in June — has announced a number of deals with leading satellite communication companies — Xantic, Telenor and France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications — and has launched a new crew calling service for the marine business.
Navy Awards Harris Corporation $37m Contract Modification
Harris Corporation has been awarded a potential $37m contract modification by the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California, to supply additional multiband shipboard satellite communications terminals for Navy's Arleigh Burke DDG-51 class of guided missile destroyers. The modification is part of a contract originally awarded to the company in 2000, and increases the overall potential value of the contract to more than $172m by 2010. Under terms of the contract, Harris is responsible for systems integration, production, and logistics support for the AN/WSC-6(V)9 Super High Frequency Multiband Shipboard Satellite Communications Terminal (MSSCT).
France Telecom Launches New Service
France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications is enhancing its range of value-added services with a satellite-based VPN (virtual private network). The VPN solution for the Fleet family (Fleet-33, 55 & 77) enables maritime users to connect securely to their corporate business network on land, via either ISDN or MPDS transmission mode. It is based on a fixed public IP address that the user can request in order to simplify connections with its business network. The VPN connection via Fleet terminals enables the user to transmit data securely at high speeds (up to 64 Kbit/s), as well as access their everyday work applications securely.
ITC Global Rebrands as Single Company, Unite Acquisitions
ITC Global, a leading provider of satellite communications to remote and harsh environments announce that it has launched a new corporate brand as the final step in bringing a series of recent acquisitions together as a single global company. The firm retains the ITC Global name with a modernized look and feel and a reinforced commitment to customer service. The new brand identity marks a major milestone for ITC Global, which has emerged from a niche player to become among the top 3 satellite communications providers to remote industrial operations, including oil & gas, mining and commercial maritime. The new ITC Global brand is part of a broader strategic investment to enhance the company's ability to serve the emerging needs of its clients.
Globe Wireless Satellite Communications Conference
Globe Wireless announced the first of a series of Globe Wireless Satellite Communication Conferences to be held this year. The first will be in Hareid Norway, March 5 & 6, 2013. Dave Kagan, President & CEO of Globe Wireless, will provide opening remarks and will be joined at the event by representatives from Inmarsat, SpeedCast, Jotron and others in the field of satellite communications. The conference will consist of invited guest presenters and cover topics relevant to understanding and maximizing the use and impact of the newest communication solutions…
Einshøj Global Chief Strategy Officer, Intellian
Intellian announced the appointment of Søren Einshøj as its new Global Chief Strategy Officer and President. With nearly twenty years in the marine communications industry, Einshøj will lead Intellian’s growth. Based in Oslo, Norway, President and CSO Søren Einshøj will be part of the core leadership within Intellian. Einshøj will be focused on developing and managing strategic alliances and partnerships throughout the industry worldwide. In 2001 on behalf of Telenor, formerly Norwegian PTT, Einshøj founded Marlink, a merger between Telenor owners’ maritime satellite communication unit and the acquired SAIT Communications SA based in Belgium.
Marlink Contract with Grimaldi Group
Satellite communications provider Marlink has signed a new contract with Italian Shipping Company the Grimaldi Group. The new agreement, secured during this year's Nor-Shipping, includes delivery and installation of Marlink's Sealink Ku-band services onboard six Grimaldi passenger vessels operating throughout the Mediterranean. Marlink is one of few maritime satellite communications providers to have obtained general authorizations issued by the Italian Government for use with its Italian customers. This permits the enabling of satellite network services on Italian flagged vessels with a VSAT onboard. (www.marlink.com)
Comsat Wins Contract with Cunard
Comsat Mobile Communications (CMC) has signed a three-year agreement with Cunard Line Limited to provide worldwide data and satellite communications for the Line's fleet of eight cruise vessels - including renowned Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE 2). Virtually doubling the capacity of satellite communications available to crew and passengers on all Cunard vessels, the increased capacity will allow for greater access to e-mail, online services and telephone service. Comsat is also supplying a new 128 kpbs C-Band service for QE 2, permitting simultaneous transmission of large amounts of data for Wide Area Networking, voice and dial-up data phone calls and Internet access.
Marlink Buys WaveCall Brand
Marlink, provider of maritime satellite communications, has agreed to purchase the WaveCall™ brand from Sea Tel®. Marlink will package its maritime VSAT solution and full-service support network with the Sea Tel® 4006 Ku-band antenna system. Sea Tel®'s 4006 Ku-band antenna provides satellite communications specifically in the maritime environment. It is comprised of Above Deck and Below Deck equipment designed to withstand extreme marine conditions and maintain a stable connection, ideal for vessels that require "always-on" satellite communications. WaveCall™ by Marlink provides e-mail, Internet, voice and IP packages for the leisure yachting sector.
SpeedCast Acquires WINS Limited
Satellite communications and network service provider SpeedCast International Limited announced its acquisition of WINS Limited, a Europe-based provider of broadband satellite communications and IT solutions for the maritime sector. WINS provides services to more than 100 passenger carrying vessels such as cruise liners and ferries and more than 2,000 merchant shipping vessels with a portfolio of VSAT, L-Band, Accounting Authority Services and International Maritime GSM services. SpeedCast CEO, Pierre-Jean Beylier, commented, “WINS brings a strong local presence in Germany, a major maritime market, as well as expertise in the cruise industry in Europe, a fast growing user of satellite communications.
Honing Skill Of Seafarers Using SATCOM
Maritime operational effectiveness is to be enhanced globally through the provision of training and certification for seafarers assigned to use advanced satellite communication systems on-board commercial vessels. The initiative, which has been tailored for maritime professionals serving on thousands of commercial vessels at sea, is being led by Seagull Maritime, a Norwegian provider of seafarer training, and GVF, the London-based international association of the satellite communications industry.
Inmarsat Awards GBP 6M Deal to Logica
Logica, the global solutions company, announced it has secured a GBP 6m contract to help develop future higher bandwidth satellite communications for global mobile satellite communications provider, Inmarsat Limited. This contract forms part of an over GBP 30 million programme with Thrane & Thrane, a leader in the market for satellite communications equipment, to build the satellite interface and other equipment that will allow Inmarsat's Broadband Global Area Network (B-GAN) services due for launch during 2004 to be transmitted to and from terrestrial networks. Currently Inmarsat operates its Global Area Network (GAN) service which supports data speeds of up to 64 kbit/s, almost seven times faster than speeds offered by current GSM networks.
High Speed Internet While You Cruise
Marlink has completed a new five-year agreement with Delphin Cruises of Hamburg, Germany, to provide complete onboard satellite communications for its luxury liner, the Delphin Renaissance. The agreement calls for Marlink, a company within Telenor Satellite Services formed to serve as the preferred interface between maritime customers and the satellite communications industry, to provide Sealink high-speed data service. Operating at speeds up to 128 kbps, the Sealink solution allows guests and crew to enjoy greater access to e-mail, fax services, and telephone service.
General Dynamics Success with MUOS Satellites Communications
General Dynamics C4 Systems successfully demonstrated that the AN/PRC-155 two-channel Manpack radios closed a 2,000-mile communications gap between Phoenix, Ariz., and a second set of users in Taunton, Mass. The successful 2,000-mile transmission of the PRC-155 Manpack radio channels bridged the Line of Sight Rifleman Radio and Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) radio communications to orbiting Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellites. "With the success of this demonstration, General Dynamics successfully demonstrated the promise of the MUOS satellite communications system using PRC-155 Manpack radios. The demonstration also successfully showed how dismounted Soldiers…
US Navy Prepares for Communications Satellite Launch
U.S. Navy military and civilian engineers are preparing the latest military communications satellite for a planned Jan. 20 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The satellite is part of MUOS, or Mobile User Objective System, which operates like a smartphone network from space, vastly improving secure satellite communications for mobile U.S. forces. Unlike its predecessor system, MUOS provides users a global, on-demand, beyond-line-of-sight capability to transmit and receive high-quality voice and mission data from a high-speed Internet Protocol-based system.
MTN Celebrates 30th Anniversary
MTN is proud to be celebrating its 30th year in the satellite communications industry. Over the past three decades, MTN has contributed to the evolution of the satellite industry and continues to deliver communications solutions that address the needs of both commercial users and governments. - Built the first 5-meter C-Band transportable satellite antenna made to travel with the presidential administration for Summit meetings and Pentagon press pool required events. - Delivered the industry's first stabilized, "transmit and receive" Ku-Band satellite antenna system for the U.S. Navy deployed on the USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) during the first Persian Gulf crisis. - Introduced the first onboard Internet cafés for cruise ships leveraging MTN's VSAT technology.