A new online resource providing in-depth, impartial information and advice on maritime VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) technology has been officially launched at Nor-Shipping 2015. maritimeVSAT.com is based on an initiative led by maritime communication services provider Marlink and supported by major industry organisations. Its purpose is to educate the wider maritime industry on all aspects of maritime VSAT by providing a detailed knowledge base and clear understanding of the technology available, thus helping ship-owners to make an informed choice when upgrading vessel and fleet communications. From a neutral standpoint, maritimeVSAT.com provides essential information related to VSAT technology, services and installation. Key features include definitions of the terms commonly associated with VSAT, detailed information on how VSAT works, the types of satellite and coverage available, strengths and constraints and key considerations such as comparing services and cost of ownership. The site also contains a resources section with detailed articles about VSAT, coverage maps and videos.

The easy to use website has been developed in collaboration with leading industry bodies. It will be updated by contributors drawn from a highly experienced pool of talent from the maritime and communications industries. "Within the VSAT industry, we sometimes forget that for many of our customers and end users, satellite communication technology is still a relatively new and complex concept," said Tore Morten Olsen, Head of Maritime Satcoms at Airbus Defence and Space, which owns Marlink. "We are convinced that maritimeVSAT.com can educate the market, increase their knowledge and understanding, and therefore also increase trust in the technology."

Until now, much of the information on choosing maritime VSAT services has been fragmented across different sites and is commercially driven. MaritimeVSAT.com is the only such impartial online resource for this subject, so the goal is to make it the first port of call for anyone researching the subject, providing a collection of factual information from expert sources.

Marlink is exhibiting at Nor-Shipping 2015 on stand B02-14.

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