A satellite communications agreement will halt the practice of ships having to shut down VSAT when entering Indian waters.
Speedcast International has formed a partnership with Indian satellite communications provider, Tata Enterprise's subsidiary Nelco, to deliver faster connectivity to vessels in Indian waters.
This agreement means vessels signed up to either company will be able to connect to the Ku-band networks of both companies seamlessly in and out of Indian waters.
When entering Indian territorial waters, vessels will not need to shut down their VSAT connection, as has been required under local regulations previously.
Nelco will offer Speedcast’s VSAT value-added services, which include cyber security, voice applications and content solutions, to vessels already using its communications.
Speedcast chief executive Pierre-Jean Beylier expects this partnership will “open up the Indian market to drive new growth”. Speedcast will offer its VSAT connectivity “to thousands of vessels sailing in and out of Indian waters every year,” he said.
Nelco managing director and chief executive P J Nath said this partnership “provides us with the opportunity to increase our presence in the maritime industry and paves the way to provide a complete communications service portfolio that includes hardware, applications and services.”
Speedcast will integrate with the Nelco network to enable vessels to maintain connectivity when roaming between the different satellite coverage beams and teleports. With an integrated network, the service achieves global IP access for remote terminals.