Astrium Services showcase maritime broadband solutions at Seatrade Middle East

by Staff Reporter | November 23rd, 2012

Astrium Services will showcase its global maritime VSAT service at the upcoming Seatrade Middle East 2012 from 27 to 29 Nov in Dubai.

The service, the company claims, is developed with a view to making maritime VSAT easier to install and more accessible to a wider range of vessels including medium-size transportation, fishing and leisure boats. The Ku-band antenna comes in a range of sizes at 60cm, 80cm and 1 meter, and is delivered pre-assembled for more simple installation. Additional hardware providers will produce the antenna further down the line to provide companies a more complete choice.

Customers reportedly benefit from a 10 GB data package at speeds of 1.5Mbps. In terms of coverage, the Ku area has been significantly extended in the Indian oceans recently, delivering, the company claims, most extended VSAT coverage for increasingly international maritime traffic.

Moreover, visitors can learn more about the platform Vizada XChange. Vizada XChange is a platform that reportedly provides a secure and controlled communications environment integrating voice and broadband data. It is designed, the company claims, to simplify the complex IT environments onboard while providing flexibility to ship operations and crew. Ships can reportedly become virtual mobile offices complete with local area networks and their own intranets for administration and crew. Administrators can keep an eye, the company claims, on communication costs by setting access authorizations for phones and internet connections.

Vizada XChange is also reportedly available as a mobile version supporting smartphones and tablets, with an adapted usability and menu structure.

Tore Morten Olsen, Head of Maritime Services at Astrium Services, explains, “The overall sentiment in the Middle East and Africa region is that of confidence with such a strong and global satellite services player at the helm. With Astrium as an expert in space and satellite technologies, we are in a position to provide our partners and customers with superior communications solutions and the best choice of a multi-technology services portfolio.”

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