Owners of offshore support vessels and tugs can use an L-band package as an alternative to VSAT
IEC Telecom introduced broadband satellite communications for tugs, offshore support vessels and offshore energy contractors. It said Orion Edge+ provides voice and data connectivity to vessels and tugs operating in Asia.
Orion Edge+ delivers reliable broadband with flexible data plans, said IEC vice president for maritime Nabil Ben Soussia.
It uses Thuraya’s Orion IP broadband and Thuraya’s Seastar circuit switched voice terminal. IEC can deliver voice and data services bundled with consumption monitoring tools and controlled welfare applications.
Orion Edge+ is available through monthly plans with no long-term contractual commitments. It is equipped with a bandwidth optimiser tool and connections for a local wifi network for crew to use for operational and welfare requirements.
It enables vessel operators to offer crew access to internet services and social media platforms through a captive portal, while consumption can be managed via vouchers or scratch cards for crew members.
Mr Soussia said Orion Edge+ is an alternative to VSAT for vessels that do not have space for the hardware. “It enables small boats to enjoy the high bandwidth that was previously available only to VSAT users,” he said.
However, if owners want to invest in VSAT, IEC can offer them Thuraya VSAT+ across Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.
In the interview below, Tug Technology & Business catches up with Maritime IEC Telecom Vice President Nabil Ben Soussia to ask about the product he calls a ’revolution’ and to discuss cyber security, the next generation of tech-reliant mariners, the future of VSAT and why the oil and gas “crisis time” has helped the maritime sector to digitalise.