Turkish VSAT+ deal

IEC Telecom is to open-up the Turkish maritime and offshore markets to better value-added voice and data services through a new tie-up that will bring Thuraya’s highly respected VSAT+ maritime satellite service to the region.

Under the arrangement with Thuraya Telecommunications Company, IEC Telecom will act as the master distributor for VSAT+ across 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), Middle East and Africa (MEA).

VSAT+ combines 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.

The Turkish market is an important one for IEC Telecom because there are in excess of 3,000 vessels owned or operated by Turkish companies worldwide. Turkey has a key position geographically, connecting Europe, Asia and the Mediterranean with the Black Sea.

By Jake Frith

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