SkyStream renews capacity deal with SES for VSAT network expansion

SkyStream FZ LLC has recently renewed its multi-year satellite capacity deal with SES. The satellite services provider will continue to leverage the NSS-6 satellite to provide customers in the maritime and oil & gas industries with reliable satellite connectivity over secure VSAT networks.

With the Ku-band capacity from the SES-operated satellite, SkyStream will be able to deliver corporate VPN services to customers in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other key countries in the Middle East.

SkyStream began and built its business upon SES’ satellite services. The renewed capacity deal not only lets the Company keep providing premium cost-effective capacity to consumers, but also allows SkyStream to grow its corporate VSAT business into new regions.

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STM unveils new indoor VSAT unit for maritime, business, government sectors

The Satellite 2013 tradeshow witnessed the debut of the SatLink 2910 indoor VSAT unit, the newest and highest capacity member of the SatLink family offered by STM Group, Inc. The new VSAT will enter commercial availability in the third quarter of 2013.


Based on the proven SatLink 2900 VSAT, the SatLink 2910 has triple the throughput of its older sibling. It supports rates of up to 150 Mbps for multicast or streaming IP data, and can handle interactive IP traffic and bulk file transfers with similarly high levels of throughput.

The SatLink 2910 supports the DVB-RCS2 standard. Capable of efficient link performance with ACM on DVB-S2 carriers and delivering enhanced performance on TDMA carriers through the use of ACM per burst, the new VSAT can also deliver higher return link throughputs and much higher link availability. It supports up to 8 Msps (Mega-samples per second) for TDMA carriers and delivers up to 24 Mbps in information rates over return links.

The new VSAT supports all satellite bands, including the legacy Ku-band and the new Ka-band. STM had both the powerful Ku-/Ka-band High-Throughput Satellites (HTS) and the conventional Ku-band satellites in mind when designing the SatLink 2910. The STM indoor VSAT unit can thus enable efficiency gains of up to 250% in certain maritime and mobile markets. It also features plenty of value-added IP networking features such as mesh networking among VSATs and has a built-in 8-carrier mesh TDMA burst receiver to ensure excellent performance of the mesh network.

STM will be offering its new VSAT product to customers in maritime and other professional markets that require multimedia services over satellite broadband. The SatLink 2910 is also capable of delivering demanding specialized applications to large commercial enterprises and government ministries.

The SatLink 2910 will use the VSAT Antenna Control Protocol (VACP) in mobile VSAT markets such as the maritime VSAT sector. STM developed VACP to perform seamless beam and satellite handovers for mobile VSATs when roaming or experiencing blockages. The open protocol is supported by most satellite antenna manufacturers.

Furthermore, the SatLink 2910 is fully configured and automatically controlled from the Hub. It does not need to download configuration files or require any manual actions during beam handovers.

STM VSAT systems are the only available products that support the DVB-RCS2 standard. Composed of every best-in-class technology available, the DVB-RCS2 standard ensures possible overheads stay at the minimum and while ensuring bandwidth is utilized to the utmost. It also ensures the highest throughputs and best efficiency by eliminating the need to configure return carriers in SCPC mode.

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Telesat to provide advanced maritime broadband capacity for OmniAccess

VSAT service provider and network integrator OmniAccess expanded its business partnership with global FSS operator Telesat by signing a contract for additional capacity. Under the agreement, Telesat will deliver Ku-band capacity for OmniAccess using its Telstar 12 satellite.

Positioned at 15 degrees west, Telstar 12 has always been the preferred choice of customers who want to have connectivity between the Europe-Middle East region and the United States. Leveraging its strong coverage of Europe, Telesat’s service makes it all the more attractive to providers like OmniAccess which have the expertise and ground infrastructure to meet the demands for maritime broadband services in the Mediterranean and inland waterways all over Europe.

“OmniAccess has partnered with Telesat for several years now and we’ve found that their technical expertise and responsiveness provide us with real advantages for capturing new business,” said OmniAccess CEO Bertrand Hartman. “We also made the strategic decision to upgrade our capabilities at the OmniAccess Teleport in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and will access this additional Telstar 12 capacity with iDirect’s powerful new X7 series modem – a world first! This increased commitment to Telstar 12 enhances our expanding global network offering and will enable OmniAccess to deliver superior maritime broadband performance to customers operating in the Mediterranean and on inland waterways across Europe.”

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MTN honors pioneer of maritime satellite broadband communications

MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) recently honored its chief technology officer, Richard Hadsall, with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his role as a pioneer of maritime satellite broadband communications.

The CEO and president of MTN himself, Errol Olivier, presented Hadsall with his award. President Olivier stated that awarding the Lifetime Achievement Award was a way for MTN to celebrate along with the rest of the maritime industry and community. Hadsall, he says, created MTN and, more importantly, the entire maritime VSAT sector in satellite communications. His pioneering technologies matured into satcom solutions that are still used today.

Richard Hadsall was the first to introduce the C-band and Ku-band satellite broadband communications to maritime customers in the 1980s. His innovations provided the basis for current MTN solutions that deliver terrestrial and satellite communications to cruise lines, yachts, commercial oil & gas vessels, and government customers on a global scale.

The MTN satellite Teleport in Holmdel, N.J. was created by a company that Hadsall founded in 1981. The facility served as a communications center for television networks, foreign broadcasters, and heads of the U.S. government, military, and embassies. It was the first Teleport that allowed users to report live global events. Recommended

In addition, Hadsall’s company helped construct the first maritime Ku-band antenna. Installed on the USS Iwo Jima, this satellite antenna enabled the first tactical full motion Ku-Band satellite video broadcast terminal, enabling surveillance and press pool support aboard the U.S. warship during operations the Persian Gulf. He also engineered the first live broadcast from a submarine while it was underwater.

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Revmar Dynamics distributes C-Bird VSAT in Cyprus, Greece, global markets

Revmar Dynamics will pull double duty distributing C-band VSAT solutions in the Mediterranean and across the world on behalf of Maritime Broadband.


In addition to serving as a full-service exclusive distributor of Maritime’s C-Bird very small aperture terminal (VSAT) solution in the important commercial shipping markets of Greece and Cyprus, Revmar will also act as a non-exclusive distributor in the international maritime market.

Finally, Revmar will also implement a variety of applications to help VSAT users cut back on operating costs and improve the quality of life for ship crew.

The company has earlier reached a pilot agreement with Enterprises Shipping and Trading (EST), a Greek shipping company. Revmar will install the C-Bird VSAT system aboard the first two vessels in EST’s fleet. Once the pilot is completed, Revmar will install the Maritime satellite communications systems on the remaining 98 vessels of EST’s fleet.

According to Nickos Chatzis, CEO of Revmar Dynamics, the C-Bird VSAT solution from Maritime Broadband allows commercial shipping to access glocal, permanent satellite Internet connectivity at affordable rates.

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VSAT installations on De Poli Tankers upgraded by Marlink

Marlink, a global satellite communications provider, has now finished installing a series of new VSAT aboard De Poli Tankers vessels. The project was carried out in collaboration with Maritime Performances.

The said project began by installing the Marlink WaveCall Ku-band VSAT services aboard De Poli’s chemical tanker. Based near Rotterdam, Miro D. De Poli Tankers operate a group of six IMO2 chemical tankers, two LPG tankers and one Ice-classed 1A chemical/ethylene tanker.

Marlink and Maritime Performances have worked together for more than three years now, starting with Inmarsat FleetBroadband services.

In a company statement, Marlink said: “The Miro D VSAT installation, which took place in Riga, Latvia, was carried out under Marlink’s new 24-hour VSAT installation commitment. With a 1 meter Ku-band antenna, iDirect modem, VoIP adapter, Ethernet switch, antenna and ACU, and XChange, the Miro D WaveCall installation is identical to the systems subsequently installed on five other De Poli Tankers vessels in the upgrade project. Marlink’s bundled solution was deployed to over 100 vessels globally in 2012.”

The De Poli solution was based on a fusion of MSS connectivity services and VSAT and Marlink’s XChange integrated solutions platform, which focuses on catering automatic connectivity switching either on board or from shore.

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Marlink, Maritime Performances upgrade VSAT systems aboard De Poli tanker fleet

Marlink and Maritime Performances have finished installing a series of new VSAT systems aboard the tanker fleet of De Poli Tankers.


The Company performed the VSAT upgrades in Riga, Latvia. Marlink installed a WaveCall Ku-band VSAT system aboard the Miro D, a chemical tanker operated by De Poli. The installation process followed Marlink’s new VSAT installation process, which would only take 24 hours or less to complete.

The WaveCall installation aboard the Miro D tanker consist of a 1 meter Ku-band antenna, iDirect modem, VoIP adapter, Ethernet switch, antenna and ACU, and XChange. This same system was installed on the other De Poli ships.

The De Poli maritime satellite communications solution combines VSAT and MSS connectivity services with the XChange integrated solutions platform. The Marlink solution provides automatic connectivity switching, be it aboard the ship or from the shore.

This is the latest joint venture between Marlink and Maritime Performances. The two companies have cooperated during the last four years ever since they first joined forces to install Inmarsat FleetBroadband services aboard ships.

In 2012 alone, Marlink has deployed its bundled VSAT solution aboard 100 vessels worlwide.

Based in Rotterdam, Miro D. De Poli Tankers runs half a dozen IMO 2 chemical tankers, a pair of LPG tankers, and a lone Ice-classed 1A chemical/ethylene tanker.

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