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SpeedCast International upgrades maritime VSAT network

Global satellite communications and network service provider SpeedCast International has employed coordinated coverage and capacity improvements to its global maritime very small aperture terminal (VSAT) network in order to meet the growing demand of maritime customers.

Currently, the company operates a global VSAT network that includes more than 90 satellite beams, consisting of C-band, L-band, Ku-band and Ka-band.

With the help of satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service, SpeedCast is now providing communication services from more than 70 satellites.

SpeedCast International maritime services vice-president Piers Cunningham said: “We have added new teleport infrastructure with new facilities, fully integrated into our celestial global maritime network and terrestrial interconnects.

“This has been run in parallel with a global upgrade to our network, allowing utilisation of the latest advanced modem variants, and focused capacity enhancements for both our global and regional / sector specific clientele.

“Finally, we are starting to integrate the latest high throughput satellites (HTS) as they enter service, leveraging our extensive experience in HTS deployment with O3b to service areas with high traffic.

“We expect overlay of Ku-band HTS beams can further enhance our ability to quickly and effectively tailor service requirements for the more specialized end of the maritime spectrum. Inmarsat Fleet Xpress is now generally available across SpeedCast sales network. It can further complement our global maritime network offerings and allows us to cater for all the needs in the market.”

At present, the company operates and owns a network of 39 teleports and over 5,000 IP-connectivity links on land and at sea, supporting mission critical applications.

SpeedCast International has 40 sales and support offices across the globe.

Last month, SpeedCast had added the South Atlantic beam on Telesat’s new Telstar 12 vantage satellite to its global HTS network.

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