Marlink has added a new prepaid voice card calling facility for use with the Inmarsat Fleet Xpress network, noting that it is the first Value Added Reseller (VAR) for the Ka-band service to provide prepaid cards.
Radio Holland reports that it has agreed a deal to supply navigation and communication systems packages to six newbuild vessels being built for Dutch shipping company Wijnne Barends, based in Delfzijl.
Global Eagle Entertainment has launched OceanPrime TV, a live TV package designed for crews in the commercial maritime market.
Marlink reports that it has extended its satcoms contract with Dutch shipowner De Poli Tankers, via its in-house ITC company Maritime Performances BV, to provide Sealink Plus VSAT and L-band back-up services aboard De Poli’s fleet of eight chemical tankers and two gas tankers.
Kymeta and Intelsat have announced the commercial launch of Kymeta’s KĀLO satellite internet service, powered by the IntelsatOne Flex network.
Korean container shipping company SM Line has agreed a deal with Intellian to deploy Intellian V100 maritime VSAT antenna equipment on board its ships, to be used for data and communications services while also powering a new IoT (Internet of Things) freight monitoring system being rolled out across the fleet.
KVH has agreed a deal with Pilipinas Global Network Limited (PGNL) to bring coverage of full games from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) to merchant ships, via its mini-VSAT and IP-MobileCast service.
MSC Cruises’ new Seaside class cruise ship has set what is thought to be a new maritime VSAT throughput record, achieving bandwidth speeds of more than half a gigabit per second via its Marlink Sealink VSAT system at its service launch ceremony in Monfalcone, Italy, at the end of November.
Marlink has continued its recent expansion drive in the leisure sector with the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire 100 per cent of the shares in Livewire Connections, a UK-headquartered satellite communications service provider with a focus on the superyacht sector.
Marlink and Radio Holland have concluded a partnership agreement whereby Marlink will take over all of Radio Holland’s satellite communications customers, taking its VSAT customer base to approximately 5,000 vessels.
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