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KVH Launches Global Conference Series to Address Key Trends in Maritime Connectivity

Leading maritime VSAT provider KVH is hosting series with industry experts on new developments for improving fleet operations and crew welfare

KVH Industries, Inc., has launched the 2015 Maritime Connectivity Conference Series to inform maritime professionals about the essential trends in connectivity, big data, and training that are transforming the industry. The inaugural event is taking place in Limassol, Cyprus, today, and includes presentations from experts in the areas of connectivity and content delivery, maritime training, voyage optimization, electronic chart data access, and options for addressing crew entertainment.

“With the exploding demand for broadband at sea coupled with the challenges of controlling costs in a competitive market, commercial maritime operators are exploring the best resources for leveraging modern satellite communications services to improve their fleet operations,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH chief executive officer. “By bringing together industry experts in key ports worldwide, we hope there will be a good exchange of information so operators can take action.”

The series is intended for maritime professionals, including ship masters, fleet operators, personnel and manning professionals, fleet managers, and maritime IT and Communications professionals.

The events are structured to include presentations by experts at Videotel, a KVH company in the forefront of maritime e-Learning; Transas, a top producer of electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS) and provider of electronic navigation charts; Jeppesen, a leading producer of electronic navigation charts and digital navigation solutions; and AWT, a marine industry leader in weather forecasting and ship routing. Videotel, Transas, Jeppesen, and AWT are operations-content partners with KVH’s breakthrough new content delivery service, IP-MobileCast, which utilizes multicasting technology to deliver large amounts of content to many ships at once, overcoming the prohibitively high satellite communications costs typically charged to deliver files for individual use.

The events will also feature connectivity experts from KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband satellite network, content-delivery experts from KVH’s IP-MobileCast content delivery service, and entertainment content specialists from KVH Media Group, a leading provider of entertainment content for the maritime industry. Hands-on demonstrations of the IP-MobileCast service are available as well. KVH is unique in the maritime industry for offering a complete maritime connectivity solution that includes satellite communications antenna hardware, network management hardware, connectivity, commercially licensed content, and content delivery.

Following Cyprus, there are three events in the 2015 Maritime Connectivity Conference Series scheduled in May: Copenhagen, Denmark (May 13); Singapore (May 15); and Seattle, WA (May 19). Five additional events are planned for late 2015: Hamburg, Germany; Athens, Greece; Oslo, Norway; Hong Kong; and New Orleans, LA.

For more information, please visit the 2015 Maritime Connectivity Conference Series website.


APTelecom to Market the New MENA Cable System

APTelecom has been engaged by Middle East and North Africa Submarine Cable System (MENA-SCS) to assist with international sales and the commercialization of a new submarine cable system known as MENA Cable, connecting Europe to Middle East and India.

The MENA cable system is independent of other builds in the region and is, according to APTelecom, set to become the primary route for those seeking connectivity between Europe and Asia.

The MENA cable system spans three continents (Europe, Africa and Asia). Currently the cable lands in five countries: Italy, Egypt, KSA, Oman, India, and in conjunction with TW1 cable to UAE and Pakistan. The cable also includes branching units to cover further expansions to Europe, Levant and East Africa. It consists of five fiber pairs, each pair expandable to 8 TB/s totaling to an ultimate capacity of 40 TB/s. MENA cable length is 9,030km of which 930km is a terrestrial fiber cable crossing Egypt.

As part of the remit, APTelecom will assist MENA-SCS with the commercialization aspects of their network. “We are honored to be a part of such an important project in one of the world’s fastest-growing telecom markets and working within the MENA-SCS team to help bring their plans to fruition,” said Sean Bergin, Co-Founder and President of APTelecom and Advisory Council Member of the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC).

Beshr Chamssi, Chief Commercial Officer of MENA-SCS, stated: “We are pleased to play a major role in the development of this new connection between Europe , Middle East and India affording a roll-out of the applications needed to meet carriers’ voracious demands for bandwidth over the next decade.”


MCP and TMR Integrate to Seize Maritime Communications Opportunities

Telenor Maritime Radio’s (TMR) business unit for the commercial maritime communications market, MarCom, integrates with Maritime Communications Partner (MCP).

The internal transfer in Telenor, effective from June 1st 2015, strengthens MCP with expert competence on maritime communications, new products and solutions, better coverage and the opportunity to maintain growth in Europe and the US with further expansion into Asia.

MarCom with a Nordic focus has delivered satellite communication to ferries and other vessels, whereas MCP has delivered mobile coverage globally to three main segments, cruise, ferry and the offshore market.

– We are developing our technology portfolio to address a bigger market in the maritime industry that consumes ever more bandwidth. We are integrating satellite and mobile to ensure the best possible customer experiences. Additionally, we will be able to increase the efficiency of, and develop the whole value chain resulting in cost efficient solutions, said MCPs CEO Frode Støldal. Innovation has always been key for Telenor and MCP, recently demonstrated by the news MCP is building the largest 4G offshore network in the world.

15 MarCom employees are transferred to MCP with offices in Bergen and Stavanger in addition to the existing offices in Arendal and Ft. Lauderdale, US. TMR’s Coastal Radio unit continues in Telenor Norway operating VHF, MF, Navtex and handling of certificates, radio inspections and licenses.


RigNet Signs Three-Year Contract for Managed Remote Communications Services With an International Midwater Drilling Contractor

RigNet, Inc. (Nasdaq:RNET), a leading global provider of digital technology solutions to the oil and gas industry, today announced that it has signed a three-year contract with a Norwegian international midwater drilling contractor to deliver managed network communications solutions on a semi-submersible offshore drilling rig in the North Sea.

"We are very pleased to add this offshore driller's semi-submersible to the RigNet network," said Øyvind Folge, Region Vice President, Scandinavia and Europe. "We look forward to demonstrating the superior value proposition that RigNet offers around reliable connectivity and a growing array of value-added solutions that addresses the acute needs of the demanding oil and gas community."

A high-performance and secure network is a high priority for the oil and gas community, ensuring effective and reliable communications, both offshore and onshore, and access to business-critical IT applications. Through this contract, RigNet is delivering a fully-managed end-to-end IP network solution using VSAT technology for last-mile connectivity. RigNet's fully managed network solutions ensure that the rig derives greater value from network services through increased standardization and innovation. The solution includes CrewWifi, VoIP, enterprise data and Internet access services supported by 24/7 network monitoring and support from RigNet's Network Operations Center and, if required, local field technician support, with backhaul to the company's offices via MPLS connection. The end user experience is improved through a WAN optimization service powered by Riverbed® Steelhead® appliances.

Data•Xchange Deliveries Bring WiFi Data Transfer to Surveyors

AML Oceanographic has marked the much anticipated release of Data•Xchange with deliveries of pre-ordered units to customers around the globe. Owners of X•Series profilers have been eager to procure the device, which brings wireless data transfer and embedded GPS to their instruments, resulting in a streamlined workflow and significant time savings.

Likewise, the simplification of SVP data collection provided by Data•Xchange has attracted interest from newcomers to AML’s X•Series line. Released in conjunction with AML’s new SeaCast 4 software, the pairing promises increased automation and customization, making the processing of SVP data easier than ever before.

New Agreement to Bring Inmarsat’s Superfast Global, Mobile Broadband Service to Chinese Users

Beijing Marine Communication Navigation Company (MCN), a company owned by China Transport Telecommunication & Information Center (CTTIC), has signed four new Value Added Reseller (VAR) agreements with Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, to bring Global Xpress, the world’s first globally available, superfast mobile broadband service, to commercial and public sector organisations across China.

Through the agreements, signed by Inmarsat CEO, Rupert Pearce, and MCN Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Mr. Song Zhen, MCN becomes a Global Xpress Value Added Reseller (GX VAR) in China, covering maritime, aviation, enterprise and Chinese government markets. The two companies will work closely together to launch commercial services for Global Xpress in China at the earliest opportunity.

“From emergency first responders to those delivering remote education (e-learning) services, Global Xpress will bring the benefits of seamless, superfast connectivity to every region in China, while ensuring that Chinese companies – from airlines to shipping fleets – can enjoy the same high capacity service wherever they are in the world,” said Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat.

“MCN has been a partner for Inmarsat in China for many decades and we are delighted that this relationship is extending to our latest and most powerful satellite communication service; Global Xpress. China is one of the biggest markets for Inmarsat’s mobile satellite-based voice and broadband services, delivering double digit growth in the last five years and we are confident that there will be significant demand for Global Xpress.”

Mr. Song Zhen, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, MCN, said: “MCN and Inmarsat have enjoyed a partnership over many, many years. It is a relationship that is founded on mutual respect and a shared understanding of the beneficial role satellite communications plays in our increasingly connected world. We are delighted to partner Inmarsat in bringing Global Xpress services to the market and believe that, with its many humanitarian, economic and social benefits, Inmarsat’s superfast broadband service will prove highly popular in China.”

Inmarsat and MCN’s relationship dates back to 1979. Inmarsat works exclusively through retail partners in China, including MCN, to provide mission critical communications services to some of China’s biggest multinational enterprises including Air China, China COSCO, China Shipping Container Lines, China National Petroleum Corporation, China Central Television, and Xinhua News Agency.

Global Xpress

Inmarsat is investing US$1.6 billion to build the Global Xpress network, which will initially compromise of three Inmarsat-5 satellites in geostationary orbit above the equator. Global Xpress operates with a combination of fixed narrow spot beams that enable Inmarsat to deliver higher speeds through more compact terminals, plus steerable beams so additional capacity can be directed in real-time to where it’s needed.

Global Xpress is the world’s first superfast, globally available satellite communications network to operate in the Ka-band spectrum. Global Xpress services are designed to integrate seamlessly with Inmarsat’s proven L-band network, and will enable users across the aviation, maritime, enterprise and government sectors to have reliable and assured access to high-throughput communications.

The second Global Xpress satellite was successfully launched on 1 February 2015. The third satellite is scheduled for launch in Q2 2015 and global commercial services are on course to be introduced earlier in the second half of this year.

Submarine Cables and Deep Seabed Mining: A Successful and Foundational Workshop

In their inaugural workshop, the International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC) and the International Seabed Authority (ISA) held a joint seminar: “Submarine Cables and Deep Seabed Mining—Advancing Common Interest and Addressing UNCLOS ‘Due Regard’ Obligations” from 10-11 March 2015 in the New York offices of Douglas Burnett, ICPC’s International Cable Legal Advisor.

The focus of the initial meeting was to exchange information between the ISA and ICPC in relation to the practical facets of fulfilling the ‘due regard’ provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) as they correlate to subsea cable and mining activities. The two day workshop included five representatives from ICPC, mining experts, legal counsel and government organisations. On behalf of ISA, speakers included: Michael Lodge, Deputy to the Secretary-General and Legal Counsel, Gwenaëlle Le Gurun, Legal Officer, and Sandor Mulsow, Head, Office of Resource and Environmental Monitoring.

Neil Rondorf, ICPC Chairman stated: “We are pleased to have connected members of ISA and ICPC to learn more about one another and to have shared important information that benefit both organisations in regards to building a relationship between seabed users in the subsea mining and subsea cable sectors.”

ISA’s Deputy to the Secretary-General and Legal Counsel, Michael Lodge acknowledged, “The inaugural and joint workshop was an excellent starting point to help foster the collaboration between the ISA and ICPC that originated from our bilateral MoU. We look forward to future conversations.”

The joint workshop was an excellent springboard for forthcoming meetings and discussions will continue to take place regarding subsea mining operations and undersea cable development.

Aquatic Solutions Conference on Electrical Actuated UW Applications

The Aquatic Solutions Conference (ASC) is an international, independent conference dedicated to advance the professional and scientific understanding of underwater solutions, focusing on electrical actuated units. By providing an independent platform, the ASC is able to generate a strong network where science and practice meet, to find real solutions for real challenges.

The conference combines both worlds by discussing actual situations and requirements, and taking a look into the future from both industries’ point of view as an academic point of view. By keeping a broad view on application areas, inspiration can be drawn from other work fields. Application areas of interest are:

• Offshore/Oil & Gas

• Environmental Research and Cleaning

• Inspection and Maintenance

• Search and Rescue

• Entertainment

This year, the Aquatic Solutions Conference will be held on May 21st in Rotterdam, alongside the Shell Eco-marathon. The conference provides academicians and industry professionals the opportunity to explore and discuss new ways for underwater challenges.

The program will start at 09:00 AM with a keynote from Mr. P. Kampmann of DFKI (The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence) discussing "Mastering the deep-sea with pressure tolerant control electronics".

For more information and registration, visit


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MTN Releases Cruise Stats Illustrating Two-Year Transformation of Internet Speeds, Revenues and Value

Terrestrial Broadband Network Key and Enabling Connected Ships to Consume 200 GB per Average Port Visit

In preparation for the Cruise Shipping Miami 2015 Show, MTN Communications (MTN) announces statistical results of its two-year transformation of at-sea connectivity.

The statistics are the product of an unmatched customer toolset MTN rolled out starting in 2012:

  • The industry’s first hybrid satellite and terrestrial broadband network for improved bandwidth delivery.
  • An Internet billing method akin to land-based resorts for increased revenue growth.
  • An Internet Café solution delivering seamless access at sea through any device and offering shared plans with improved management of data consumption.

“The cruise industry competes with the land-based resort industry,” said Brent Horwitz, senior vice president and general manager, cruise and ferry services, MTN. “But when it came to communications, due to satellite technology limitations and costs, passengers and crew got slow Internet that was expensive compared to what they were used to at home.”

MTN also saw a dramatic shift in devices used for connectivity on its customer ships. In 2010, the breakout of devices used to purchase and access the Internet were as follows:

  • 94% desktops or laptops
  • 5% tablets
  • 1% mobile phones

In 2014, the device split changed dramatically to:

  • 60% of those connected were on mobile phones
  • 20% on tablets
  • 20% on desktops or laptops

The industry’s response to this and the exploding demand for data was to “increase the pipe” by adding bandwidth to ship service plans.

“Satellite connectivity comes at a high price, though, so operators continued to challenge the industry to improve the passenger and crew Internet experience, decrease credits issued and increase revenues,” Horwitz said.

Industry-First Hybrid Satellite and Terrestrial Broadband Network

“MTN was first to market with a way to ‘push more data through the pipe on cruise ships faster,’” Horwitz said.

By launching the MTN Terrestrial Broadband Network (TBN), the company introduced the industry’s first hybrid network of satellite and terrestrial connectivity. Four major cruise operators leverage the MTN TBN today, and have for three years. Made up of access points at 29 of the world’s busiest cruising ports, the MTN TBN switches ships from satellite to terrestrial connectivity seamlessly using a suite of patented and patent-pending technology. The experience is equal to mobile users moving from one cell tower to another. Switching to the MTN TBN enables faster Internet speeds and higher reliability. The MTN TBN has the capacity to deliver 588 GB per hour in all connected ports. Vessels have exceeded speeds of 50 Mbps downstream at one time, consuming 175-200 GB of data per average port visit. The average in-port capacity is more than five times that of a vessel with 10 Mbps of satellite capacity, and almost seven times that of a ship with 7 Mbps of satellite capacity. MTN TBN connectivity lowers costs and increases network performance, improving service quality and generating increased revenues.

“A great testament to the MTN TBN is where operators are able to offer crew ‘in-port pricing’ with speeds and costs that match shoreside alternatives,” Horwitz said. “Crew can affordably video-call home, download media or access other high-bandwidth services in port before they get off the ship to relax. Meanwhile, ship IT staff get access to satellite connectivity that would have otherwise been used up by crew and passengers. This allows for system updates and ship-to-shore training sessions before they have to head back to sea.”

Cruise Ship Internet Billing Shifted to that of Data Usage on Land

MTN shifted Internet pricing so passengers and crew are billed per MB versus per minute. Users can browse web sites as long as they want now, leisurely read email, or wait on a text reply without paying more. The company also eliminated the need to keep logging on and off. This consumption-based shift increased usage and improved the experience dramatically on ships MTN serves. As a result, operators saw Internet refunds decrease >50%.

Internet Café Solution Delivering Seamless Access at Sea through Any Device

The company also enhanced its Internet Café solution onboard ships. Passengers and crew can use any device to seamlessly connect to the Internet in an integrated fashion. This enables operators to better manage data consumption. MTN rolled out this enhanced platform as a tool for passengers and crew to monitor and self-regulate their Internet usage.

Benefitting the Customers of MTN Customers

“Cruise passengers and crew have reported back that their connectivity experience at sea has improved significantly over the past two years,” Horwitz said. “The cost of connectivity may never fully come down to where it is on land, but passengers demand – and deserve – more value for the amount of money they pay. This increases consumption, which drives operator revenues.”

In a Cruise Shipping Miami 2015 panel on March 18, 2015 titled, “Get Connected - How Leaps in Broadband Connectivity May Transform Cruising,” Horwitz plans to remove the word “may” from the equation, sharing the following two-year operator statistics:

  • >500% in MB consumption
  • >50% decrease in refunds issued
  • >35% increase in Internet revenue
  • >40% increase in users

Crew stats included:

  • 50% increase in MB per user
  • >30% increase in revenue
  • >35% increase in user rate

“MTN was in an unmatched position to take this transformative leap by evolving its network into a hybrid design, shifting its billing model and extending its Internet platform in a way that better manages the explosion of devices now onboard ships. The statistics we are sharing illustrate the power of our network, a team made up of employees who have been the customer, and solutions created around our obsession for onboard satisfaction and revenue-generation.”

Global consortium, NEC begin construction of $250M SEA-US Cable System

20Tb/s capacity to serve bandwidth growth in SE Asia, U.S. A global consortium of telecommunications companies, formed to build and operate the South-East Asia - United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system, officially announced the start of construction for the landmark project, the first to directly connect Indonesia and the United States. NEC Corporation and NEC Corporation of America are the system suppliers for the US $250 million project that is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The SEA-US system will link the five areas and territories of Manado in Indonesia, Davao in Southern Philippines; Piti in the territory of Guam; as well as Honolulu (on the island of Oahu), Hawaii; and Los Angeles, California in the continental U.S. The system will be approximately 15,000 kilometers in length, stretched along a unique route and has been designed and engineered to bypass earthquake prone areas in East Asia, thereby providing a strategic diversity in the range of connectivity to transpacific networks with ensured stable connectivity.

The cable system will provide an initial 20 terabit per second (Tb/s) capacity, with state-of-the-art 100 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) technology. This capacity will help to meet the exponentially growing demand for bandwidth between Southeast Asia and North America in unparalleled performance, especially for those two ASEAN countries. With further connectivity using existing and planned submarine cable systems in the region, other countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, and Australia can enjoy the benefit of the SEA-US

The SEA-US consortium consists of PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Globe Telecom, RAM Telecom International (RTI), Hawaiian Telcom, Teleguam Holdings (GTA), GTI Corporation (a member of the Globe Telecom group of companies) and Telkom USA.

Syarif Syarial Ahmad, President Director of Telin stated, "This cable construction is significant as it is one of the biggest milestones for Indonesia's rapid growth in communications and it demonstrates Telin's commitment to providing Indonesia consumers with state of the art global infrastructure development. Our objective is now closer with SEA-US given that it is the first cable system with direct connection from Indonesia to USA, where most of the Internet's content is sourced."

The frequent use of high bandwidth internet in Indonesia is ranging from business, where video conference is highly utilized in many offices, as well as entertainment, where video and TV streaming have become part of casual activities of Indonesians.

Gil Genio, Globe Telecom Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer pointed out that, "The SEA-US project will enable Globe to play a major role in providing superior connectivity for consumers and businesses in the Philippines to connect to the U.S. Our link-up with the SEA-US cable system will serve the exponential growth of mobile Internet use in our country, enabling the Filipino digital lifestyle and wonderful experience for our customers and businesses."

He added that, "this development will also benefit the outsourcing and offshoring industry, including major contact centers, business process outsourcing providers, global financial institutions and a host of other multinationals that require very large bandwidth as the Philippines has become the preferred destination for these companies."

Russ Matulich, Chief Executive Officer of RTI stated, "SEA-US will enable RTI to meet the diverse needs of telecommunications carriers, large multinational enterprises, content providers and government entities looking to connect over 1.5 billion business and consumers in the Southeast Asia region. RTI is proud to work with industry leading partners to build what will be the fastest cable connecting Southeast Asia with the United States. SEA-US's essential Asia-US route diversity, lower latency and onward connectivity options via Hawaii and Guam will enable RTI to offer unmatched services to transpacific connectivity customers."

"Today's announcement signals the beginning of a truly vital project that will facilitate economic opportunity and growth for Hawaii's residents and businesses," said Eric K. Yeaman, Hawaiian Telcom's president and CEO. "Hawaii is no different from the rest of the world in its need and desire for more bandwidth and the SEA-US system will ensure our trans-Pacific capacity needs are met both now and well into the future."

Robert Haulbook, GTA president and chief executive officer, says, "GTA is excited about this consortium. With this system, collectively, we are well positioned to meet the growing demand for increased bandwidth and strengthening our position to enhance overall network redundancy. Guam plays a vital role, and we look forward to SEA-US meeting capacity needs of all users in our areas."

Naoki Yoshida, General Manager of NEC's Submarine Network Division, said that "as one of the world's top vendors of submarine cable systems, NEC is honored to begin construction on this new 100G trans-oceanic submarine cable system that will span nearly 15,000 kilometers. This cable promises to expand connectivity and capacity as well as contribute to the economies of Southeast Asia and the U.S. The construction of this advanced system enables NEC to capitalize on more than 40 years of experience, laying over 200,000 kilometers of submarine cable infrastructure and contributing to worldwide communications. Through this undertaking, NEC will continue to dedicate its strength to the development of telecommunication infrastructure in these regions and other countries across the globe."

KVH Expands mini-VSAT Broadband Network Capacity in Key Areas of Global Maritime Activity

The company’s satellite network has been enhanced with additional capacity for the Asia-Pacific region, the Pacific Northwest, and the eastern coast of Canada and the U.S.

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) has completed several capacity increases for its mini-VSAT Broadbandsm network to support heightened demand from customers engaged in a wide range of commercial maritime activities around the world, including offshore oil and gas, fishing, and shipping. Utilizing 17 satellites and 24 transponders to provide global coverage, KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband is the most extensive C/Ku-band maritime VSAT network in the world, and is designed for rapid expansion by accessing abundant commercial satellite capacity. Working with leading commercial satellite providers, KVH implemented the recent capacity expansions to meet the ever-growing demand for broadband services at sea.

“The commercial maritime industry is increasingly reliant on broadband services to improve operational efficiency,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH chief executive officer. “Data and connectivity enable ship owners to accomplish many goals, from reduced fuel consumption through voyage planning to increased safety through updated training programs delivered to crew while they are onboard. We are continually monitoring and improving the mini-VSAT Broadband network to ensure our maritime customers have the critical connectivity they need at all times onboard their vessels.”

KVH’s recent capacity expansions for the mini-VSAT Broadband network include:

  • Asia-Pacific: The capacity of a key satellite beam for the Asia-Pacific region was increased 60%, providing support for commercial shipping and offshore oil and gas activities in the area.
  • Pacific Northwest: A new beam covering the Pacific Northwest was added, providing support for the many commercial fishing fleets located in this area.
  • Eastern Canada and U.S. coast: A new beam was added to more than double the network capacity for the eastern coast of Canada and the United States, a key area for commercial shipping, fishing, and yacht chartering.

KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network is the dominant player in the global maritime VSAT market, with twice the market share of its closest competitor, according to recent industry reports by Comsys and Euroconsult. KVH and its technology partner, ViaSat, Inc., (Nasdaq: VSAT) use ArcLight® spread spectrum technology to deliver fast broadband service, with Internet download speeds up to 4 Mbps. With its enterprise-grade infrastructure, the mini-VSAT Broadband network carried 500 TB of data and 25 million voice minutes in 2014.

KVH has built this global infrastructure by leasing available commercial satellite capacity, rather than investing in its own satellites. The results are lower costs and better prices for customers. Designed exclusively for the mini-VSAT Broadband network, KVH’s unique TracPhone® V-IP satellite communications antenna systems are built 85% smaller than typical VSAT antennas to install more easily in all vessels. Antenna sizes range from the 37 cm (14.5 inch) diameter TracPhone V3-IP, to the 60 cm (24 inch) diameter TracPhone V7-IP, and the 1.1 meter (42.5 inch) diameter TracPhone V11-IP. The company recently shipped its 5,000th TracPhone system for the mini-VSAT Broadband service.

The capacity expansions also support KVH’s IP-MobileCastTM content delivery service. This multicasting service uses the mini-VSAT Broadband network to deliver a separate data stream of news, sports, entertainment, and training content – improving quality of life for crew members onboard commercial vessels – as well as operational data such as electronic chart updates and weather information.

SSE Enterprise Telecoms, brightsolid and Tampnet Join Forces to...

SSE Enterprise Telecoms, brightsolid and Tampnet join forces to offer unprecedented network speed and bandwidth in Aberdeen and beyond

Aberdeen data centre to be connected to 100Gb network for next-gen connectivity project

SSE Enterprise Telecoms – the UK’s leading provider of network infrastructure and data centre services, and part of the SSE Group – today announced an exciting new venture with partners brightsolid, the cloud hosting and data centre service provider, and Tampnet, the offshore network operator. SSE Enterprise Telecoms will install a new, state-of-art Ciena platform which connects brightsolid’s new Aberdeen data centre to its 100Gb UK-wide network and will allow it the bandwidth and speed to service the growing oil and gas industry within Aberdeen. With Tampnet, this connectivity also has the potential to extend to off-shore facilities in the North Sea.

With a raft of oil and gas and other commercial companies choosing to locate themselves in Europe’s energy capital, it’s paramount that the carrier-neutral brightsolid data centre can offer a resilient network with unrivalled speed and bandwidth that extends the reach of Aberdeen. SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ engineering heritage and its trusted relationship with brightsolid means that prospective businesses looking to operate out of Aberdeen will benefit from the new Ciena platform which will deliver the speed, low latency and bandwidth promised. The UK-wide high-speed links combined with the energy efficiency of brightsolid’s Aberdeen data centre make it a viable alternative for businesses no matter where in the country they are physically located.

“brightsolid will deliver a world class data centre to customers in Aberdeen, one that has state-of-the-art connectivity across the UK and offshore thanks to Tampnet,” said Richard Higgs, CEO of brightsolid. “Our mission is to deliver technical innovation with a personal service, and together with SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ shared ethos, the communications service we are delivering will be world class; somewhere that can facilitate the growing trend to migrate assets to the cloud without concern for capacity, security or speed.”

For Aberdeen, the partnership between these three companies – which are at the heart of the data and telecoms industry – will have long-lasting benefits, far beyond connectivity. Councillor George Adam, Lord Provost of Aberdeen, recently said at the Transform Digital: Aberdeen Conference that for every £1 invested in IT and tech in Aberdeen it generates £20. With £1 million having been invested by SSE Enterprise Telecoms and £5 million from brightsolid, this project has the potential to generate £120 million worth of growth for the future of Aberdeen. What’s more, this is only the first stage of a phased investment plan, which aims to elevate the city to a vital hub of technical innovation and communications excellence, which will allow both businesses and the local community to flourish.

“The partnership between ourselves, brightsolid and Tampnet will provide huge advantages for Aberdeen and the oil and gas industry from the moment the data centre opens its doors,” said Colin Sempill, managing director at SSE Enterprise Telecoms. “brightsolid will act as a critical data centre hub, and our ultra-resilient network will provide the roads to and from it, made more significant by the co-operation of Tampnet, which extends this connectivity even further afield. We are committed to investing in the future of UK telecommunications and this latest project will serve to get customers connected quicker, to a reliable network, that will serve demand both now and in the future.”

“The future of the oil and gas industry will shape businesses and consumers alike; making reliable and flexible connectivity absolutely essential,” said Trygves Hagevik, sales director at Tampnet. “It’s not enough, however, to just have good connectivity off-shore or onshore. These need to link together and be able to do so quickly. This is what our latest partnership with brightsolid and SSE Enterprise Telecoms will deliver; ensuring our customers have a guaranteed level of service across the UK. After all, you’re only as reliable as your weakest link.”

SpeedCast Partners with Thuraya to Expand Satellite Mobility Product Portfolio

Agreement brings New Satellite Mobility Solutions for Maritime, Energy and Enterprise Sectors

SpeedCast International Limited ("SpeedCast"), a leading global telecommunications service provider, today announced it has established a distributor agreement with Thuraya Telecommunications Company ("Thuraya"), a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator. The new agreement brings new options for satellite mobility solutions for SpeedCast's global customer base and expands SpeedCast's mobility product portfolio.

Under the agreement, SpeedCast will now have access to Thuraya's portfolio of innovative mobile satellite products and services, including Thuraya SatSleeve, XT satellite phones, land and maritime broadband terminals. The agreement further allows SpeedCast to distribute Thuraya mobile satellite products and services throughout its reseller and end-user customer base. The expanded portfolio will offer SpeedCast's customers with an even broader range of solutions to meet their communication requirements, particularly for the maritime, energy and enterprise sectors.

"The agreement between Thuraya and SpeedCast will expand our portfolio in the MSS arena," said Andrew Burdall, Vice President of Strategic Business Development, SpeedCast. "The provisioning of mobile satellite services, together with our core VSAT services, allows SpeedCast to be a one-stop shop for our customers. This development will be especially beneficial for our customers located in the Middle East and African regions, where Thuraya's network has good penetration."

"We are pleased to partner with a leading satellite service provider such a SpeedCast," said Bilal El Hamoui, Chief Commercial Officer at Thuraya. "The new agreement with SpeedCast will enhance our maritime distribution network and support the roll-out of our new maritime products and services. We have seen increasing demand for our mobile satellite services in the core markets that SpeedCast serves, such as maritime, energy and enterprise."

This new agreement follows SpeedCast's announced acquisition of Geolink Satellite Services in February, a specialist in mobile satellite services, which will further enhance SpeedCast's mobility products and services in the Middle East and African regions.


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