Satellite

Thuraya and ITC Global partner to deliver VSAT maritime service

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a subsidiary of the Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), has partnered with ITC Global (Panasonic subsidiary) to set up Thuraya VSAT+, a maritime satellite service.

The partnership gives Thuraya access to Panasonic’s global mobility network, which enables the Ku-band element of the Thuraya VSAT+ service.

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.

Speaking about the partnership, Shawkat Ahmed, Chief Commercial Officer at Thuraya, said: “In the challenging maritime market, end-users are constantly looking for satellite solutions that offer higher bandwidth, ease of use, innovation and value-added features that drive operational efficiency. VSAT+ meets these needs by offering an integrated solution that combines reliability, resilience and high-bandwidth speed.  We are partnering with experienced Master Distributors, creating revenue opportunities throughout the supply chain, reducing overheads and providing flexible options for customers.”

VSAT+ is applicable to all vessel types and maritime budgets. It comes with a fixed-price package and is available globally through Thuraya’s network of global Master Distributors. By complementing Thuraya’s unique L-band presence with Panasonic capability, VSAT+ gives the maritime industry access to a unique proposition that addresses industry challenges of higher capacity, coverage and reliability.

Kevin Franciotti, Vice President, Global Channel Partnership at ITC Global added: “This partnership represents the mutual goals of both organisations in reaching an expansive and diverse customer market across many industries which require mobility support. Additionally, ITC Global’s access to large amounts of bandwidth through Panasonic and the technology roadmaps for the future present an opportunity for long-term growth. Given these synergies, it is exciting to establish this partnership with Thuraya, and we look forward to working together to serve its 40+ distributors operating across the globe.”