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MTN Scores a Goal
Everyone in the maritime communica- tion industry talks about creature com- forts for the crew, and Miramar,
FL-based MTN Satellite Communica- tions – a VSAT provider for more than 20 years has come through, inking the deal to exclusively broadcast FIFA World Cup soccer games on ships. Many European- based cruise companies were apparently concerned that ridership could retreat during the tournament, with fans opting to stay on land to catch the matches live.
Enter MTN, which nabbed the deal to broadcast all of the FIFA games live as they are happening. “K” Line Selects Globe Wireless
Globe Wireless was selected by “K” Line – one of the largest ships owner/opera- tors in the world – to provide a turnkey implementation of the Inmarsat Fleet-
Broadband service. “Our recent appoint- ment as an Inmarsat FleetBroadband
Distribution Partner with Inmarsat, com- bined with the Globe Total IP Solution and our ability to Touch-the-Ship directly anywhere in the world make Globe Wire- less the logical choice for a project of this scale,” said Frank J. Coles, President &
CEO of Globe Wireless.
Schlumberger Launches Mini-VSAT
Schlumberger launched of its SeaCon- nect VSAT service for the offshore in- dustry. The company is touting the new service as a world first, providing VSAT services using an innovative portable ma- rine 60-cm C-band antenna and related technologies. www.slb.com/seaconnect
Baron QuikLink Available
Baron Services offers Baron QuikLink, a subscription-based global weather data service. Supplying graphical weather in- formation in small, targeted downloads over a data connection, QuikLink fea- tures the World Marine data package, which provides a 23-region coverage area and pricing tiers starting at $49.99 per month. www.baronservices.com
Marlink Launches @SeaDirect VSAT
Marlink launched @SEAdirect, a new, entry-level-band VSAT service. De- signed to be low-cost, the service pro- vides multiple data rates of up to 1024/256 kbps, offering Internet, e-mail, and voice capability for increased opera- tional efficiency and crew communica- tion at sea. Marlink's introduction of the new @SEAdirect service confirms the company's commitment to offering the most comprehensive product portfolio on the market, with a solution to meet any customer requirement.
Vizada VoIP Interconnection
Vizada is offering shipping companies the opportunity to reduce the cost of shore-ship communications to Inmarsat
FleetBroadband terminals by activating a voice over IP (VoIP) connection on its network.
Harris to Acquire CapRock
Harris Corporation announced a plan to acquire privately-held CapRock Com- munications for $525 million in cash, subject to post-closing adjustments. “Ac- quiring CapRock expands our interna- tional presence and customer base, while increasing the breadth of our assured communications offerings. We see in- creasing demand for outsourced man- aged communications services that include secure high-availability net- works, creating growth opportunities across a variety of markets,” said Howard
L. Lance, chairman, president and CEO of Harris. “The acquisition provides an entry into the energy market, while ex- panding our present offering for the gov- ernment and maritime markets to include managed satellite communications solu- tions.”
Thuraya XT Satellite Handheld
Thuraya’s “Thuraya XT” provides the highest data speed of any satellite phone on the market, according to the manufac- turer. “When we designed the XT we en- sured users could make calls and have access to quick data services simultane- ously. We provide circuit switched (9.6 kbps) as well as packet switched data services (up to 60 kbps), which is cur- rently the fastest in the market,” said
Thuraya’s Product Management Man- ager, Rashid Baba. www.thuraya.com
Ship Equip Reaches Milestone
Ship Equip reached a milestone, an- nouncing the 1000th order for its
SEVSAT system. The SEVSAT solution (which stands for Ship Equip VSAT) is designed to provide reliable and cost-ef- fective satellite communications for a wide variety of vessels at sea. Core mar- kets for Ship Equip include shipping, commercial fisheries, offshore oil/gas and megayachts. Ship Equip’s 1000th
SEVSAT order came as part of a recently signed large fleet contract for 67 vessels.
Speedcast, Eutelsat, iDirect Partner
VT iDirect said that Hong Kong-based
SpeedCast Limited and Eutelsat Com- munications have expanded the reach and capabilities of its global maritime broad- band service to address a broader market of end customers. The service now ex- tends across more than 20 Ku-band beams covering nearly all major shipping lanes and offshore markets. SpeedCast and Eutelsat have also introduced a re- gional service using a 60 cm Ku-band marine antenna for smaller coastal and regional vessels.
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Why go anywhere else?
Intellian opened a facility in South
Korea for R&D, manufacturing, ship- ping and training. The Intellian Inno- vation Center is a new 71,000 sq. ft., four-story building. It can accommo- date manufacturing quantities of up to 1,000 antenna units per month and more efficient production of 1-m and larger antennas including the Intellian w-Series, VSAT models and 2.4-m c- band antennas. It will house the com- pany’s quality control, engineering, product development, RF design, me- chanical design engineering, produc- tion, purchasing and administration teams. The facility includes a field test- ing lab equipped with window access to the sky for antenna development and testing inside the building; four labs with new vibration machines that con- duct shock and aging tests, along with equipment that tests technology against temperature, humidity, salt, mist, etc.