VSAT network to provide telecommunication services on maritime vessels

The Russian national satellite operator, Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC), and the public corporation Yuzhmorrybflot, which belongs to the Group of Companies Primrybsnab, have concluded the contract on providing the satellite communications services.

Utilizing capabilities of the RSCC VSAT network, Yuzhmorrybflot will be able to implement its project on merging the entities of the Group of Companies Primrybsnab, including the maritime vessels, into a unified corporate network. The satellite terminals operating in the above network are planned to number 20 units till 1 June 2011.

Introducing the satellite communications system on the Yuzhmorrybflot vessels will provide the ship’s companies with high-quality affordable communications with their relatives and friends as well as with Internet access, multi-programme TV and it will enable onshore operative management of the vessels as well. According to Alexander Efremov, Director General of the public corporation Yuzhmorrybflot, “using capabilities of the new generation communications will not only create more comfortable conditions on vessels for fishers and significantly increase the security level of navigation but also it can become a basis for introduction of the Electron-Ship’s Fishing Log hardware and software complex.

For implementing the project corresponding to the world standards in the communications industry, the central station of the VSAT-RSCC network deployed in Khabarovsk has been involved. The station operates via the Express-AM3 satellite (140° East) which enables the VSAT-terminals on the whole territory of Eastern Siberia and the Far East to be connected to the network. The peculiarity of the project is employing sea antennas for transmission and synchronization of the data bases, Internet access, telephony, reception of digital TV signal on board the maritime vessels.

“The video and telecommunications services on maritime vessels are one of the most promising directions of RSCC’ VSAT-project development and allow us to significantly increase efficiency of fishing and shipping companies business” - states Yuri Prokhorov, RSCC’ Director General. - “We are sure that under modern conditions a broadband Internet access, data transmission, telephony as well as possibility to receive TV programmes are the services of the first necessity. The VSAT satellite technologies offer the most optimal solutions to provide these services on the maritime vessels. It is practically the first project in Russia while international experience has testified a huge demand for communications services on the maritime vessels”.

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