Two major names in the satellite business have announced a joint service agreement for maritime satellite broadband connectivity.
Satellite operator Thaicom Public Company Limited has announced the signature of an Agreement of Intention with Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) to collaborate on the joint development of a service offering for maritime satellite broadband connectivity.
Thaicom has announced that the two companies will initially study roaming options on their proprietary maritime VSAT networks. Roaming on Thaicom’s network will be provided by Nava Roaming Solutions, Thaicom’s new maritime broadband service platform. The RSCC maritime VSAT network is the largest satellite broadband network in Russia, connecting more than 300 maritime vessels operating in the waters surrounding Russia and Europe.
Thaicom has indicated that it hopes the agreement will mark the beginning of a successful, long-term partnership between Thaicom and RSCC and the development of joint communication solutions connecting Russia with Asia-Pacific, allowing customers to benefit from full high-speed broadband coverage of maritime vessel routes between Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Ksenia Drozdova, Deputy Director General, Russian Satellite Communications Company, said: “We intend to use our combined vast technical knowledge and business know-how to address the worldwide increasing demand of broadband connectivity at sea for improved ship operations and crew welfare in Asia, Europe, Middle East and the Russian Far East.”