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Vizada extends maritime broadband portfolio with launch of new maritime VSAT service

by david.nunes

Main benefits for merchant shipping and oil & gas companies outlined at Seatrade Middle East Maritime Conference1

Dubai – 26 October 2010 – Vizada, the leading independent satellite communications provider, today launches its proprietary VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) fixed satellite communications service, the latest addition to its maritime broadband portfolio. The company is announcing the launch at the Seatrade Middle East Maritime Conference in Dubai1.

Vizada’s new VSAT service will help meet increasing market demand for high-performance broadband connectivity at sea. Based on iDirect technology, the service provides standard IP data speeds of more than 1 Mbps for multiple applications such as internet, email and VoIP.

The connectivity emulates that of corporate networks and an “always on” service permits unlimited data transfer. The service also enables crew on board merchant vessels, tankers and oil & gas platforms to use voice and data services simultaneously with near global coverage.

As with all Vizada’s standard base connectivity services, Vizada’s VSAT service is combined with one or a range of Vizada SolutionsTM to improve data transfer, increase security, and help control communications costs2.

The VSAT service is the most recent addition to Vizada’s extensive maritime broadband portfolio, which includes Inmarsat FleetBroadband and Iridium OpenPort, and aims at offering customers significant choice in terms of data connectivity speeds, coverage, terminal and antenna size. It now also enables Vizada to match the dual requirements of many of its shipping company users by bundling the maritime VSAT with Inmarsat Fleetbroadband.

“With this new VSAT service we aim to offer our service providers an exclusive competitive advantage by arming them with a high-performance broadband communications service supported by industry leading solutions and technical expertise,” said Erik Ceuppens, CEO Vizada EMEA & Asia.

1 Seatrade Middle East Maritime Conference, 26-28 October 2010, Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, UAE

2 Vizada SolutionsTM are a range of proprietary services developed by Vizada and provided exclusively with its base connectivity services for communications and administrative needs. The full range of SkyFile solutions will be available on the VSAT service from launch, including SkyFile Weather and SkyFile Mail. Customers will also benefit from Universal Card prepaid services, as well as Terralink Data Manager, including firewalling, web filtering and compression features.

Vizada SolutionsTM are seamlessly available over the Vizada Global Network for the full set of maritime broadband products, including Inmarsat FleetBroadband and Iridium OpenPort.


Vizada is an independent provider of global satellite communications services. The company, which was formed by the merger of Telenor Satellite Services and France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications, offers mobile and fixed connectivity services from multiple satellite network operators through a network of 400 service provider partners. These services are packaged with Vizada Solutions™, designed to add business value to basic connectivity, and delivered through Vizada’s global teleport network – five state-of-the-art satellite facilities strategically positioned around the world. Vizada works with the broadest range of network providers in the industry, including: Inmarsat, Iridium, Thuraya, Eutelsat, Intelsat, Loral, New Skies, and SES Americom. Vizada’s 200,000 end users benefit from access to these satellite communications services wherever they are in the world. End users include: merchant shipping vessels, emergency response organizations, government and military units, global media companies, telecoms & internet service providers, and business, military and civil aviation. www.vizada.com

Media Contacts:

Tessa Voisin

Corporate Press Officer

+33 1 53 35 94 74


Annie Hurley for Vizada

+33 1 56 03 67 16


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