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Inmarsat Announces Enhanced Maritime Product Roadmap

Inmarsat today announced its enhanced Maritime product roadmap consisting of two new services designed specifically for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network: Fleet Xpress and FleetBroadband Xtra.

Fleet Xpress is a hybrid solution, which will operate over the Global Xpress Ka-band network, and incorporate Inmarsat’s L-band FleetBroadband service as back-up, providing a truly global and advanced connectivity service for maritime customers anywhere in the world. The solution will be available when Global Xpress (GX) commences global commercial services early in the second half of 2015. Fleet Xpress will be an Inmarsat managed service sold through the company’s experienced GX Value Added Resellers (VARs).

To allow maritime customers to benefit from high-speed broadband connectivity between now and global commercial introduction of the Global Xpress network, Inmarsat has announced an additional service, FleetBroadband Xtra. This service will overlay capacity from the first Global Xpress satellite (Inmarsat-5 F1), which is already operational, in the Indian Ocean region, with the existing L-band connectivity. As the next two Global Xpress satellites are launched, covering the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean regions, FleetBroadband Xtra will expand to include the additional Ka-band capacity as each satellite enters commercial service.

“Our services are designed to provide seamless mobility and high-speed broadband for ship to shore communications,” said Peter Broadhurst, Vice President Service Development, Inmarsat Maritime. “With the introduction of FleetBroadband Xtra and, when our GX constellation is complete, Fleet Xpress, we are providing customers with consistently higher bandwidth communications which will increase operational efficiency whilst also providing exclusive access to specialist maritime applications and content through our Inmarsat Gateway.”

Once I-5 F2 and I-5 F3 are fully operational, expected to be early in the second half of 2015, FleetBroadband Xtra will be phased out. All customers will have a transitional period as they migrate onto the Fleet Xpress service.

Ronald Spithout, President of Inmarsat Maritime said: “We are proud to bring the benefits of Inmarsat’s GX network to the maritime market. Based on great test results so far using Inmarsat-5 F1, our partners and customers have requested new maritime services to allow them to take advantage of the high-speed Ka-band alongside their existing L-band services. The FleetBroadband Xtra service will allow customers to do just that and, as coverage becomes available with the launch of our next two GX satellites, they will be able to take advantage until they ultimately progress to the full Fleet Xpress service when GX is commercially introduced on a global scale.”

Both services support the type approved antennas from Inmarsat’s manufacturer partners in both 60cm and 1m sizes.

MakaiLay Power Used by OUOCI Consortium to Install Power Cable in Venezuela

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. recently modified the popular telecom cable lay software, MakaiLay, to address specific issues experienced by the subsea power cable industry. The result of this effort was MakaiLay Power, a real-time software tool for controlling power cable deployment at-sea.

This software was recently purchased and used by the OUOCI Consortium to install a subsea power cable in Venezuela for the Chacopata-Margarita Submarine Cable Interconnection Project. The OUOCI Consortium, which stands for Oceanus Co., Ltd. (OU) and Ocean C&I (OCI), used the cable ship CS Creator (IMO No.9630846) for the lay. The cable installation involved two separate 230kV XLPE (polyethylene-insulated) power cable lines from and was completed by OUOCI Consortium successfully in November, 2014, with the following highlights:

  •  Length: ~31km x 2 lines
  •  Depth: approximately 30m
  •  Placement accuracy : within 1m from the planned RPL
  •  No cable suspensions
  •  On time: Installation completed 3 days earlier than planned
  •  Bottom tension maintained: below 0.2 ton

MakaiLay Power enables operators to accurately model the cable shape, bottom tension and touchdown location as it is installed on the seafloor, reducing the risk of damage to the cable. This software can greatly enhance the speed, safety, and accuracy of a power cable lay in any water depth. In the transition from shallow-water to mid- and deep-water, and for bathymetry with steep slopes, it becomes difficult to accurately control the cable’s tension and bend radius at the seafloor, unaided.

In these situations, MakaiLay Power’s cable payout and navigation instructions become critical. With the accurate picture of subsea cable conditions provided by MakaiLay Power, operators can control cable bottom placement and tension accuracy, which significantly reduces the time, labor, cost, and risk involved in subsea power cable installation.

The MakaiLay suite includes a route planning tool, a simulating/training tool, as well as the real-time, at-sea tool for controlling cable deployment. Watch a brief video showing the software in action here: http://youtu.be/j6p0Mf_CAvg?list=PLokGt-Zs-I1Fa5GGroyEZ3cNBGa_PKZPL.

Visit: www.makai.com for more.

Motive’s Content Express™ Enables Viewers to Watch Whatever They Want

Motive’s Content Express™ enables viewers to watch whatever they want, when they want, on any screen without having to build new networks. Content Express™ software provides secure delivery and management of non-linear digital content across any type of broadcast network to any consumer-facing screen. Motive has deployed it in both single and hybrid distribution systems that combine broadband access with traditional distribution for an optimal solution. Content Express™ solutions platform provides a one-stop shop for digital terrestrial broadcasters, satellite, DTT, and cable pay television platforms, and Internet OTT content providers to offer new services including:

• Video on Demand (VOD and SVOD)

• Catch-up television

• Tablet Television

• Targeted Advertising for VOD

• Mocast for 4G LTE

• Virtual channels and Video2Go

MakaiLay Power used by OUOCI Consortium to Install Power Cable in Venezuela

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. recently modified the popular telecom cable lay software, MakaiLay, to address specific issues experienced by the subsea power cable industry. The result of this effort was MakaiLay Power, a real-time software tool for controlling power cable deployment at-sea. This software was recently purchased and used by the OUOCI Consortium to install a subsea power cable in Venezuela for the Chacopata-Margarita Submarine Cable Interconnection Project. The OUOCI Consortium, which stands for Oceanus Co., Ltd. (OU) and Ocean C&I (OCI), used the cable ship CS Creator (IMO No.9630846) for the lay. The cable installation involved two separate 230kV XLPE (polyethylene-insulated) power cable lines from and was completed by OUOCI Consortium successfully in November, 2014, with the following highlights:

  • Length: ~31km x 2 lines
  • Depth: approximately 30m
  • Placement accuracy : within 1m from the planned RPL
  • No cable suspensions On time: Installation completed 3 days earlier than planned
  • Bottom tension maintained: below 0.2 ton

Watch a brief video showing the successful project completion here (en Español):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jey3wcny-E0

MakaiLay Power enables operators to accurately model the cable shape, bottom tension and touchdown location as it is installed on the seafloor, reducing the risk of damage to the cable. This software can greatly enhance the speed, safety, and accuracy of a power cable lay in any water depth. In the transition from shallow-water to mid- and deep-water, and for bathymetry with steep slopes, it becomes difficult to accurately control the cable’s tension and bend radius at the seafloor, unaided. In these situations, MakaiLay Power’s cable payout and navigation instructions become critical. With the accurate picture of subsea cable conditions provided by MakaiLay Power, operators can control cable bottom placement and tension accuracy, which significantly reduces the time, labor, cost, and risk involved in subsea power cable installation. The MakaiLay suite includes a route planning tool, a simulating/training tool, as well as the real-time, at-sea tool for controlling cable deployment.

Watch a brief video showing the software in action here:

http://youtu.be/j6p0Mf_CAvg?list=PLokGt-Zs-I1Fa5GGroyEZ3cNBGa_PKZPL

ABOUT OCEANUS: OCEANUS Co., Ltd. is a fast-growing Korean Oil & Gas EPCIC company (DNV approved in ISO9001, 14001, OHSAS 18001) with over 300 employees and branch offices in Middle East, South America. OCEANUS with existing subsidiaries and branch offices have been providing “Total Solution” for Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation and Testing & Commissioning for a variety of Oil & Gas projects such as: Offshore Fixed Platform, Middle Size FPSO/ FSO, Subsea Pipeline / Subsea Power Cable, Subsea Items (SPM / PLEM), and Onshore Facilities. Visit www.ocean-us.co.kr for more.

ABOUT OCEAN C&I : OCEAN CONSTRUCTION & INSTALLATION CO., Ltd. is a specialized submarine cable installation company including several kinds of marine protection. OCEAN C&I provides project management and cable engineering services. OCEAN C&I has been in charge of project management for Jindo ~ Jeju 154kV HVDC cable project for the last 3 years in Korea and has been carrying out 230kV submarine Power Cable installation, including the cable protection for 64 kilometers between Chacopata and Margarita in Venezuela which will be completed in March, 2015. Visit http://www.oceancni.com for more.

ABOUT MAKAI: Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. is an innovative ocean technology firm based in Hawaii, USA since 1973. Makai’s expertise includes submarine cable software and services, marine pipelines, Seawater Air Conditioning (SWAC), Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), underwater vehicles, and marine engineering and R&D. For the last 15 years, Makai has produced the world’s most popular submarine cable installation, planning, and simulation software. Makai is ISO 9001:2008 certified. Visit www.makai.com for more.

Maritime ICT Cloud Enables Ships to Join the Networked Society

• Combines a managed cloud solution with industry applications, service enablement, connectivity management, and consulting and systems integration services

• Connects vessels at sea with shore-based operations, maintenance service providers, customer support centers, fleet/transportation partners, port operations and authorities

• Enables services that facilitate voyage optimization, cargo monitoring and crew welfare

Despite the fact that ships carried an estimated total of 9.6 billion tons of cargo in 2013 - around 80 per cent of global trade by volume and over 70 percent of global trade by value - the maritime industry lags behind alternative transport industries in terms of its use of information and communications technology. Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) aims to change that with the introduction of Maritime ICT Cloud; an end-to-end offering that combines a managed cloud solution with industry applications, service enablement, connectivity management, and consulting and systems integration services.

At present ships rely on manually updated traffic, cargo, port, weather and safety information that is sent point-to-point rather than made available to all parties simultaneously via a network. This is a time-consuming process and the lack of access to real-time data significantly increases the margin for error.

Ericsson's Maritime ICT Cloud will connect vessels at sea with shore-based operations, maintenance service providers, customer support centers, fleet/transportation partners, port operations and authorities. At the same time, the offering enables services used to manage fleets, monitor engines and fuel consumption, oversee routes and navigation, and ensure the wellbeing of the crew. Ericsson will provide everything from satellite connections to application support in one complete package, and manage operation of the Maritime ICT Cloud on behalf of its customers.

Orvar Hurtig, Head of Industry & Society at Ericsson, says: "Vessels at sea do have systems in place that allow them to monitor critical functions and fuel usage, set and maintain an optimal course and ensure the welfare of their crew, but they are not particularly well integrated with fleet management systems onshore and they do not maximize the potential of real-time data. As the driving force behind the Networked Society and the world leader in telecommunications, Ericsson is the right partner to help connect these disparate systems and enable them to share information with low latency."

Maritime ICT Cloud delivers benefits in three main categories: voyage optimization, cargo monitoring and crew welfare. Fuel is the single biggest expense for any ship owner, and also a major source of emissions that are harmful to the environment. Using engine diagnostics and up-to-the minute information about weather and traffic conditions both at sea and in ports, Maritime ICT Cloud enables ship captains to optimize their voyages to save time, fuel and money while also limiting environmental damage.

By the end of 2014, the largest ships were able to carry 19,000 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs). Keeping track of so much cargo is incredibly challenging, and there is much to be gained from connecting containers wirelessly, monitoring them and making real-time information about their whereabouts and environmental conditions easily available via an integrated dashboard.

As a result of the latest amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (2006), ship owners are expected to provide broadband connectivity for crew communication, entertainment, training and telemedicine. Maritime ICT Cloud includes a multi-service communication platform with optimized connectivity and bandwidth for different types of traffic. The end results include increased staff satisfaction and retention rates, efficient coaching and development, and increased ability to cope with health crises as they arise by remotely accessing medical information.

Ericsson will highlight Maritime ICT Cloud at CES, which takes place in Las Vegas from January 6 to 9.

Global Cloud Xchange Moves into Final Stage of Vendor Selection for ICX Cable Construction

Three vendors are now shortlisted for the construction of GCX's India Cloud Xchange (ICX) subsea cable

Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) today announced the company has shortlisted three vendors for the construction of its India Cloud Xchange (ICX) subsea cable, which will deliver a direct Mumbai-Singapore route to bypass current outage prone terrestrial routes between Mumbai and Chennai.

Last June the company announced plans for the cable as part of its strategy to provide a direct subsea route to bridge an important gap in the emerging markets corridor and to meet soaring bandwidth demands of new cloud based applications and services.

“In the coming month we will finalize the vendor selection process and initiate process to construct the ICX cable which will integrate with our GCX global network infrastructure for direct connectivity to major business centers in Asia, Middle East, North America and Europe,” said Bill Barney, Chief Executive Officer, Global Cloud Xchange.

Based on state-of-the-art 100G technology, the ICX cable will be a four fiber pair system with initial design capacity per fiber pair at 80 x 100G using next generation Coherent Submarine Fiber. This new segment will deliver termination into the Middle East, Europe and to the US East Coast through interconnection with GCX’s Falcon, Hawk and FA-1 systems.

The new ICX fiber system will run approximately 5,060 kilometers between Mumbai and Singapore, will also have a branch landing in Trivandrum and/or Chennai. This will support creation of a next generation IP and Cloud environment held together with a single AS number and connecting into Tier III+ data center facilities on the ground.

For more information, contact media@globalcloudxchange.com

KVH to Offer 10Gbps and 100Gbps Backhaul Service for Shima Cable Landing Station

KVH Co., Ltd., Asia’s leading information delivery platform headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, announced a new backhaul service in Japan that connects Shima Cable Landing Station (CLS) (Shima City, Mie Prefecture) with Tokyo and Osaka through KVH’s Ethernet backbone network. This new backhaul service, commercially available from December 15, 2014, will be offered in either 10Gbps or 100Gbps and augments KVH’s existing portfolio of backhaul services from Chikura CLS and Toyohashi CLS. Through KVH’s extensive domestic network, customers can extend these backhauls to reach 60+ major POPs and data centers across Japan.

Shima is the landing station for major submarine cable systems such as EAC, AJC, PC-1, Japan-US, and C2C. With the evolution of subsea capacity moving to 100Gbps levels, there is strong demand in Japan for high-speed connectivity from the major submarine cable landing stations – Shima, Chikura, and Toyohashi – to Tokyo and Osaka. KVH’s backhaul service addresses this demand, and targets global service providers and carriers who wish to connect their subsea capacity to key regions in Japan.

“With this new backhaul solution, along with our existing Chikura and Toyohashi backhauls, we now have direct access to all the major submarine cables networks to Japan,” said Machifumi Kashiwagi, Vice President of Product Management at KVH. “As part of an ongoing effort, we are continuously adding new routes to increase our network presence and to offer carrier diversity to customers who currently rely on a limited number of service providers in Japan.”

This backhaul solution is available as a 10Gbps and 100Gbps Ethernet service with an LR interface and is offered in short-term and long-term leases. This service is supported by industry-leading SLAs that include guaranteed mean time to repair and provisioning lead-time.

As a part of the new backhaul launch, KVH is offering a special limited time campaign offer for its backhaul services. Please contact the KVH sales office (Service-Provider-Sales@KVHasia.com) for more details.

Inmarsat Maritime Strengthens Distribution Network with new Partner Appointment

Inmarsat has appointed SpeedCast International Limited, a leading global network and satellite communications service provider, as a Distribution Partner (DP) for its flagship maritime service, FleetBroadband, and Fleet One, its new voice and broadband data service for leisure yachts and near-shore fishing boats.

As part of the agreement signed today, SpeedCast has also been appointed as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Fleet Xpress, Inmarsat’s high-speed broadband maritime service, delivered over the new Global Xpress (GX) constellation.

“SpeedCast is a valuable addition to our partner channel and strengthens Inmarsat’s capabilities across Asia Pacific during a period of unprecedented investment and service development in our maritime business,” said Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime. “Given their many years of experience in satellite communications and commitment to serving the maritime industry, including strong links into the leisure market, SpeedCast is perfectly positioned to support end-users seeking the most effective communications solutions to drive operational efficiencies and enhance crew welfare.”

“As an industry leader and pioneer of mobile satellite communications, Inmarsat has been powering global connectivity for more than three decades,” said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast. “We are very pleased to solidify our partnership with Inmarsat via this appointment; it is an extension of our existing relationship and a testament to SpeedCast’s strong market position in maritime satellite services, providing communications and IT solutions to meet the unique requirements of our customers. Inmarsat’s portfolio of satcom solutions, including the much anticipated Global Xpress service, will be a valuable addition to our comprehensive suite of maritime solutions.”

SpeedCast’s maritime unit has continued its growth momentum in the marketplace across all segments of the maritime industry, including merchant shipping, offshore services, and the leisure market. SpeedCast successfully acquired SatComms Australia, an existing Inmarsat Service Provider, earlier this year, and has for many years provided VSAT services to Globe Wireless, which was acquired by Inmarsat in January.

Angola Cables To Host Data Gathering Meeting At Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC '15)

Leading telecom and fiber optic cable operator to host educational breakfast event for its South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) and Monet networks on January 20 at Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Angola Cables, a leading operator of fiber optic telecommunication cable based in Angola, today announced that it will be hosting an exclusive Data Gathering Meeting (DGM) from Pacific Telecommunications Council's signature annual event, PTC '15 on Tuesday, January 20 from 8:00 - 10:00 AM HST, in the Nautilus 2 Room at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

The DGM will focus on updating and educating the audience -- many of whom are carrier and cable operators, content providers, capacity buyers, and other submarine cable and telecom industry executives -- on Angola Cables' South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) and Monet submarine cable networks.

Angola Cables previously hosted a DGM at PTC '13 when the SACS network was first announced, which received an overwhelmingly positive response from the dozens of telecom industry executives in attendance.

The SACS network is being constructed between Angola on the West Coast of Africa across the South Atlantic to Fortaleza, Brazil. SACS has come to be recognized as one of the most innovative and unique routes in the subsea cable industry. It is the first fiber optic D-WDM submarine cable system directly linking Africa and Latin America and will help to spur international trade and economic growth in both continents.

The network provides unique secure low latency routing avoiding current bottleneck locations by routing via Africa and Asia to the United States and Europe. Upon completion, this new route will provide the global carrier community, content players, and low latency sensitive customers security through a diverse route via the Southern Hemisphere.

The Monet network, which connects Brazil to Florida via Miami, Fortaleza and Sao Paulo, was designed specifically to accommodate the growing demand for low latency routing in the Latin American market.

"Since we first announced our intention to build the SACS and Monet networks, we have been working diligently to make the routes fully operational and efficient for the global carrier and content community," said Antonio Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables. "We look forward to providing all of the guests in attendance at our DGM with a first look at the latest market trends, pricing insights, and demand analysis surrounding these routes."

The event will be co-produced by APTelecom, the official International Sales Manager and Pre-Sales agency of record for Angola Cables.

The event will feature a range of special content, informational exchanges, insights from industry executives, as well as open Q&A sessions with attendees. All guests will receive breakfast compliments of Angola Cables.

For more information on Angola Cables and its SACS and Monet networks, please visit www.angolacables.co.ao. To RSVP for the event, please email APTelecom at aptelecom@n6a.com.

ARRIS SecureMedia® Protects the Maritime Industry's First Broadband Satellite Multicast Entertainment Service

SUWANEE, Ga., Nov. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ARRIS Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRS) is providing its SecureMedia® advanced content protection technology to KVH Industries, securing the company's unique IP-MobileCast satellite-based entertainment-on-demand service for ships at sea. ARRIS SecureMedia ensures that the content provided by IP-MobileCast, including popular television shows, blockbuster movies, and premier televised sport events, is only available to subscribers and is safeguarded against unauthorized access.

KVH's IP-MobileCast content delivery service is the first maritime industry service to provide an efficient and affordable way for ships at sea to receive the latest news and entertainment choices anywhere in the world. KVH's IP-MobileCast content delivery service is designed so that news and entertainment programming can be made available to every television, computer and personal device onboard a ship.

ARRIS's award-winning SecureMedia solution streamlines content processing and protection while meeting or exceeding the most stringent Hollywood studio security requirements. KVH's on-demand IP-based content is protected at all times as it is distributed via satellite to, and stored on the ship's media server and then delivered to set-tops, onboard computers, tablets and smartphones.

"Our customers don't want to lose the programming they enjoy at home when they go to sea," said Jim Dodez, Senior Vice President for Marketing and Strategic Planning, KVH Industries. "With ARRIS SecureMedia, our IP-MobileCast platform delivers that protected content to the device of the customer's choice, while ensuring access is restricted to appropriate parties. We began using SecureMedia earlier this year, and we are extremely happy with the quick development cycle and ease of deployment of the technology that has ensured a successful launch."

"Smartphones, tablets, connected TVs and other IP-enabled devices have fueled the 'TV Everywhere' phenomenon, changing our viewing habits and expectations," said Fred Ellis, Senior Director, Content Protection Solutions, ARRIS. "KVH is addressing consumer demand with its innovative IP-MobileCast service, reaching ships at sea wherever they may be. The design and flexibility of the ARRIS SecureMedia solution allows our technology to be easily integrated and deliver the end-to-end security that is crucial to the success of any entertainment service, at land or at sea."

ARRIS SecureMedia supports a wide range of today's most popular devices and platforms, including Android smartphones and tablets, Apple iPad/iPhone/iPod devices, PC and Mac (OS X), game consoles, Internet-connected TVs, Blu-Ray Disc™ players, set-tops, and media players.

High redundancy cable tensioners for Prysmian Group's vessel Cable Enterprise

High redundancy cable tensioners for Prysmian Group’s vessel Cable Enterprise

Offshore handling systems specialist, Caley Ocean Systems has been awarded a contract by Prysmian Group, via its subsidiary Powerlink Services Ltd, to supply a number of tensioners for offshore power cable installation.The bespoke, high redundancy system will accommodate both cable and outsized bodies, allowing uninterrupted tensioning of the cable during deepwater installation.

With tension capacities up to 25 tonne, the three 8m tensioners are designed to operate in series to one another. Each standalone tensioner is fully containerised, with sea fastenings, and integral HPUs. For this project, Caley has introduced a number of new and innovative features, including fully compliant tracks that are able to pass the outsized bodies, many times larger than the cable, while maintaining an even contact pressure and outboard tension.

The tensioners will be installed onboard Prysmian cable installation vessel, Cable Enterprise, currently undergoing a major upgrade ahead of an intensive cable installation programme over the next two years. To accommodate environmental sensitivities during deepwater installation of power cables, Caley’s design team has developed the tensioner system with high redundancy levels throughout.

Gregor McPherson, sales director, Caley Ocean Systems, commented, “We are delighted to be awarded this latest contract with Prysmian, and continue a working relationship with Prysmian that, from a personal perspective, began over 25 years ago, while building the 7,000Te carousel in Glasgow, for Prysmian cable ship Giulio Verne.”

Caley Ocean Systems is a privately owned engineering company based in Glasgow. It specialises in the design, development and manufacture of offshore handling systems for the oil and gas industry, offshore renewable energy, and oceanographic science and research.

For more information on Caley Ocean Systems' offshore handling systems call sales director, Gregor McPherson, on +44 (0)1355 246626, email: gregorm@caley.co.uk and visit www.caley.co.uk.

TSBc Approves Intellian V-Series Antennas for THOR 7

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) announced today that Intellian’s v-series antennas have been approved for use on its forthcoming satellite, THOR 7. The satellite, expected to start commercial service in 2015, is equipped with an HTS/Ka-band payload, which has been specifically designed for the mobility VSAT market, offering high-powered regional coverage with a favourable look angle over the main European shipping lanes.

The Intellian v-series antennas already support Ku-band services on the existing THOR satellite fleet, providing TSBc customers with exceptional performance and redundancy. Moreover, with its simple conversion from Ku-band to Ka-band services, the v100 antenna systems provide an easy upgrade path for THOR 7, which will offer 6-9 Gbps throughput with up to 25 simultaneously active spot beams and also deliver reliable download speeds in the tens of Mbps on its HTS (High Throughput Satellite) Ka-band payload. In addition to the v100, TSBc plans to work with Intellian to approve more antenna systems.

“Over the years, we have developed a good working partnership with Intellian”, said Julian Crudge, TSBc’s Divisional Director , Network and Data services. “The v-series antenna system was chosen as it provides a viable solution for our customers, with easy upgrade capability, ensuring that we are well prepared once THOR 7 commences service.”

“Intellian has played a pivotal role in changing the industry’s perception of VSAT as a viable and convenient communications solution, said Jon Harrison, Intellian’s VP of Global Sales. “From intuitive user interfaces to ease of operation, our v-series antenna system delivers superior performance and reliability for maritime satellite-communications systems, both in Ku-band today and upgraded for next-generation Ka-band capability. Intellian is delighted to be chosen by Telenor Satellite Broadcasting as one of their approved antenna suppliers for its THOR 7 HTS Ka-band services.”

TSBc’s THOR 7 HTS satellite adds vital growth capacity for our long-standing maritime and offshore customers, offering highly concentrated and high-powered coverage over the North Sea, Red Sea, Baltic Sea, North Atlantic, Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean.

www.intelliantech.com

ROPOS ROV Completes Successful Installation of US Regional Scale Nodes Cabled Observatory

The ROPOS remotely operated subsea vehicle (ROV) operated by the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility (CSSF) has successfully completed the installation of the US Regional Scale Nodes (RSN) Cabled Observatory, located off the coast of Washington and Oregon. The RSN is funded by the US National Science Foundation as part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative. The cabled observatory will provide interactive real-time data from the sea floor and throughout the water column with state-of-the-art moorings that reach nearly 2900 m above the seafloor. Data flowing from this system will dramatically increase students, researchers, and policy-makers discovery and understanding of oceanic behavior.

This year’s 83-day deployment aboard the RV Thomas G. Thompson saw the installation and testing of secondary infrastructure including installation of over 30,000 lbs of equipment on the sea-floor, and 15,701 metres of cable laid and tested by the ROPOS’ Remotely Operated Cable Laying System (ROCLS), and ~ 140 diverse instruments (>98% of which are now sending data to shore).

With extension cables, junction boxes, instruments, and deep/shallow profiler moorings operational, the observatory the observatory will very soon be providing data for the scientific community.

“The efficiency of this year’s operations were unparalleled”, said Keith Shepherd, General Manager of the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility, “We had a 97.8% up-time, which enabled us to complete over 650 hours of dives, and get all of the installations completed in a tight window. Seeing the first successful data transmission from the seafloor to the shore was a momentous event that UW’s Chief Scientist, Dr. John Delaney, had been waiting almost 20 years to see.”

The full installation of the Observatory is a testament to the successful collaboration between the University of Washington and the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility, which has spanned almost 4 years on this project. Nine hundred kilometeres of electro-optical telecommunications cable installed in 2011 and 7 primary nodes deployed in 2012 provide real-time two-way communication to the Internet via extension cables, which total >56 km in length.

CSSF is a Canadian federally registered, not-for-profit corporation which provides subsea ROV, engineering, and cable deployment services through its ROPOS (Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Science) ROV. In operation since 1995, CSSF and the ROPOS team have become globally recognized for their expertise and reliability while servicing clients around the world. More information on ROPOS, its team, and CSSF can be found at: www.ropos.com.

Contact: Ashley Thomson operations@ropos.com +1 250-655-5096 x100 Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility 110-9865

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