Global satcoms provider NSSLGlobal has signed a Service Provider agreement with Iridium Communications that will see NSSLGlobal offer the new Iridium Certus L-Band service as part of its portfolio of maritime satcom offerings to its customer base.
Iridium Certus will be offered both as a standalone L-Band service and in conjunction with NSSLGlobal’s premier VSAT IP@SEA service as its preferred service assurance offering, says a press statement.
The Iridium Certus service is suitable for vessels across the maritime spectrum, from recreational yachts and workboats to commercial fishing trawlers and merchant vessels. Iridium Certus will initially offer speeds of up to 352kbits but by early 2019 this will double to 704kbits ensuring that the service will be the most global and fastest L-Band satellite solution available.
The Iridium Certus service is enabled by Iridium NEXT, the next-generation $3bn satellite constellation of 66 low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites that provide full coverage of the Earth’s surface. With 65 satellites already launched successfully, Iridium’s 8th and final launch is planned for later this year on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket when the last 10 satellites will be launched.
Alongside the Cobham SAILOR 4300 Iridium Certus terminal, NSSLGlobal will be offering customers its unique Cruise Control solution, which enables users to fully manage their operational and crew communications, while also offering a suite of value added services, covering everything from crew entertainment, onboard IT management, cyber security to an integrated IP PBX.
Scott McBride, the Group Sales Director at NSSLGlobal, commented: “Robust global connectivity is critical in order to facilitate data management, safety, efficiency and crew welfare benefits brought about by digitalisation, IoT and the connected smart ship. Whether used as standalone or as a VSAT companion solution, Iridium Certus represents a very strong addition to the NSSLGlobal portfolio of servces — offering truly global, high quality, reliable connectivity that is superior to any other L-Band service on the market today.”
Wouter Deknopper, Vice President & General Manager at Iridum, was similarly upbeat: “The Iridium Certus program can only benefit from the addition of world-class service providers like NSSLGlobal. The company’s involvement and ability to add unique value and global support only serves to reinforce how important versatility and choice is in the satcom industry. Being able to distribute the Iridium Certus program through specialist resellers who can support the maritime market allows us to reach a wide variety of potential users who will benefit from the service.”