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Orange launches integrated communications management platform

Orange Business Services has launched a new service called Maritime Connect, which aims to assist shipping companies in managing ship communications across a variety of satellite systems through a single, integrated solutions platform.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Maritime Connect  can be used to deliver voice, VoIP, data and internet access through one system, independent of the communication technology used, with access control to data and voice services available on board the vessels or remotely from shore.

The system includes bandwidth management and optimisation features and can be used on ships equipped with any type of satellite communications systems, including, but not limited to, FleetBroadband, Iridium or VSAT systems (Ku- or C-band).

The solution was developed over a year as part of a European Union initiative dedicated to improving communications on vessels at sea, the company says.

Maritime Connect is available in three tiered versions.

The basic version provides on-board access to essential communications services like IP routing, link switching, quality of service (QoS) management and server hosting for applications onboard, while the next level up adds licences for increased security, WAN optimisation and user accounting.

The premium version of the service includes Wi-Fi on board and 3G/4G for near-shore operations.

“Orange Business Services is uniquely positioned in the maritime market because we are able to integrate many different technologies and networks, both onshore and offshore,” said Michel Verbist, head of business development, satellite solutions, Orange Business Services.

“With the end-to-end integration and satellite connectivity offered by Maritime Connect, vessels on the high seas are now as well connected as terrestrial offices. This enables new ways of working right across the shipping industry.”{/mprestriction}

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