Satellite

Thuraya and IEC Telecom make VSAT + commercially available

Thuraya VSAT+.

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a subsidiary of the Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), has announced that its maritime satellite service, Thuraya VSAT+, is now commercially available from IEC Telecom.

As the Master Distributor for VSAT+, IEC Telecom will serve all main maritime market segments and customers, including high-end fisheries, offshore installations and merchant fleets. In a win-win partnership for both companies and the maritime industry, IEC Telecom will offer VSAT+ across Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Middle East and Africa (MEA).

Thuraya launched VSAT+ in Q4 2018. The service offers global coverage, competitive data rates to meet growing demand for high-throughput services, and high levels of reliability, security, resilience and flexibility. VSAT+ ensures optimum flexibility by combining Ku-band (for high-speed data) and L-band (for backup and fall back). The service is scalable to meet global and regional needs for essential communications such as voice calls, email and position reporting, and for high-bandwidth requirements such as training, publications, condition-based maintenance, enterprise resource planning and content for crew welfare.

Speaking about making VSAT+ commercially available, Nadeem Khan, Director Maritime M2M & IoT at Thuraya, said: “By appointing a highly experienced, capable partner with wide geographical reach as our Master Distributor for VSAT+, we are simplifying the proposition for resellers to offer high-quality services with no investment in the infrastructure. This is a win-win partnership founded on creating new opportunities for the maritime industry.”

Nabil Bensoussia, General Manager IEC Telecom, added: “Last year IEC Telecom Group was recognised as the best service provider for Thuraya Maritime Solutions. This award came at a significant period, when the industry is rapidly evolving under the influence of new technologies. Launch of Thuraya VSAT+ marks the beginning of a new chapter in the IEC Telecom and Thuraya relationship. Together we have the potential to transform the market of maritime communications. For international shipping companies, Thuraya VSAT+ offers global coverage with no yearly lock-in commitment. For fishing and leisure boats, we provide flexible tariff plans with regional focus.”

In support of the Thuraya VSAT+ service, IEC Telecom developed the OneGate smart solution, which is available for marine and offshore applications. OneGate offers users unparalleled visibility over communication assets to facilitate control over critical operations and maintain reliable connectivity where it matters the most.