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Thuraya VSAT+ unveiled in Europe

Thuraya VSAT+ will be unveiled at the Nor-Shipping trade show in Oslo next week Thuraya VSAT+ will be unveiled at the Nor-Shipping trade show in Oslo next week

VSAT+, the new maritime satellite service from Thuraya, will be unveiled in Europe at this year’s Nor-Shipping conference and exhibition event in Oslo, three months after its commercial launch at the annual Thuraya partner conference in Dubai.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Thuraya VSAT+ integrates the high-bandwidth speeds of Ku-Band and reliability of L-Band with affordable global coverage and high levels of security, resilience and flexibility. Thuraya VSAT+ satellite service helps fleet operators increase operational efficiency, gain market advantage and meet growing demand for monitoring and compliance.

“As demand for data increases exponentially, satellite communication is the only realistic option for ship-to-shore and inter-ship communication. That is why we designed VSAT+ to offer optimum flexibility and affordability. We believe it can help deliver significant savings for fleet operators – perhaps as much as 20-40 per cent of operating costs through intelligent fleet management,” said Nadeem Khan, director of maritime M2M & IoT at Thuraya.

VSAT+ gives Thuraya a unique proposition in the Scandinavian and wider European markets, where it has maintained a strong maritime presence since 2001. The VSAT+ coverage in Europe, and globally, is enabled by the Panasonic global mobility network. Thuraya accesses the network through its partnership with Panasonic subsidiary ITC Global.

IEC Telecom will deliver the VSAT+ service in Europe and Scandinavia.

Alf Stian Mauritz, VP - business development IEC Telecom Group and managing director of IEC Telecom Norway, said: “Sustainability of the maritime industry is one of the key challenges for Europe. Next year the IMO 2020 rules on clean fuel will come into effect imposing dramatic reductions in carbon emissions by 2030. Satcom technologies enable vessel owners to reduce their carbon footprint by optimising operational efficiency of their fleets. VSAT+ can play an important role in the ongoing transformation of the maritime sector, enabling on board smart applications for remote control and maintenance.”{/mprestriction}

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