In separate deals, Inmarsat has prolonged delivery of its maritime safety communications and Thuraya is expanding services in the US through agreements with ground station providers
Inmarsat will provide emergency and safety connectivity to 1.6M seafarers and more than 50,000 vessels after leasing a 12.8-m antenna at Comsat’s Santa Paula teleport in California. This will transmit and receive on both L-band and C-band frequencies, bolstering Inmarsat’s capacity for tracking, telemetry, command and traffic operations on the satellite network.
Comsat’s Santa Paula teleport hosts Inmarsat’s standard C equipment and is a key part of a global safety communications network that is unaffected by inclement weather.
“Comsat’s teleport is an integral part of our global network that provides a critical communications service for our maritime customers,” said Inmarsat chief operating officer Jason Smith. “With the satellite connectivity supported by the Comsat teleports, we continue our commitment to provide essential and robust connectivity to the maritime community.”
This new contract complements Comsat’s expansion plan at its teleports in Santa Paula and Southbury, Connecticut. Comsat is a Tier 4 World Teleport Association ground station operator.
It has continued investing in technology to help Inmarsat provide global maritime safety communications, said Comsat chief executive David Greenhill. “Technology has changed significantly since the original Marsat (Inmarsat) constellation was launched in 1976,” said Mr Greenhill. “Communications services at sea keeps the seafaring community connected at all times no matter the weather or where they are in the world.”
Comsat also provides mobile satellite services to Thuraya and Iridium and supplies fixed satellite solutions for service providers in C-band, Ku-band, Ka-band, X-band and ultra-high frequency radiocommunications.
Thuraya has signed an agreement in the US to expand its satellite communications, forming a partnership with Wireless Innovations’ subsidiary US-based Ground Control Systems to provide end-to-end satellite communications to government, energy and maritime sectors.
This includes distributing products and services in the US, said Thuraya chief commercial officer Shawkat Ahmed. “This alliance is important to us as it will broaden our reach within specific verticals and strengthens our services, enhancing the connectivity experience for customers in the region,” said Mr Ahmed.
Thuraya, owned by United Arab Emirates-based Al Yah Satellite Communications, has worked closely with Hughes, Boeing, Viasat and SRT Wireless in the US.
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