NSSLGlobal selects Telesat’s Telstar 12 VANTAGE as award-winning network expands

New beams covering Africa, Mediterranean and Europe


REDHILL, SURREY, UK and OTTAWA, CANADA, February 28, 2017NSSLGlobal and Telesat today announce a significant expansion in their relationship which sees NSSLGlobal contract a satellite transponder on Telesat’s Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite. The additional capacity will allow NSSLGlobal to further enhance its VSAT IP@SEA, Cruise-IP and Broad-IP services, enabling the provision of even more robust mobile broadband availability to passenger and merchant vessels navigating the African, Mediterranean and Northern European waterways.


The new agreement adds to the capacity NSSLGlobal already utilises on Telesat’s Telstar 11N satellite at 37.5 degrees West which NSSLGlobal uses to provide internet connectivity to the North Atlantic ocean, the US and Africa. The high throughput Telstar 12 VANTAGE, operates at 15 degrees West, providing superior coverage of Europe and Africa while bringing new capacity to high growth mobility markets in the Mediterranean and North Sea.


The expanded coverage over Africa includes Eastern and sub-Saharan countries as well as enhanced coverage into the Indian Ocean, where azimuth diversity is important for vessels that rely on satellite communications. Whilst the land coverage across Africa will help provide as an alternative to the T-11N Africa beam if customers require a fallback.


Sally-Anne Ray, Group CEO, NSSLGlobal said: “Ongoing investment in our VSAT network is key to our ability to execute our strategy of delivering the very best high performance solutions. It’s this commitment to innovation and improving our service that has been the linchpin of our success for the last 47 years. With an increasing number of seafarers now reliant on NSSLGlobal for robust, high performance connectivity and exemplary service and support, utilising Telesat’s high throughput satellite gives us a competitive edge. The additional capacity from Telstar 12 VANTAGE now gives our VSAT IP@SEA and Cruise-IP users operating in this beam, even greater broadband speeds, which alongside our recent acquisition of Snap TV will allow crew access to the latest Hollywood movies, sports and news. By working with NSSLGlobal our customers can be assured that they are offering the very best to their crew as well as adhering to more than the letter of the MLC-2006 regulations for crew welfare.”


“NSSLGlobal is highly respected for implementing maritime broadband services that combine high performance with superior value and Telesat is pleased to provide the satellite capacity at the core of their success,” said Tom Eaton, Vice President, International Sales for Telesat. “Telstar 12 VANTAGE is a powerful high throughput satellite designed to provide NSSLGlobal with important operational and commercial advantages. We look forward to building our ties to NSSLGlobal and delivering to them the superior technical performance and outstanding support they have come to expect from Telesat.”


In the maritime sector NSSLGlobal has the scale, capabilities and expertise to support extremely complex and sophisticated high connectivity and bandwidth requirements. This can include the provision of connectivity to all ship systems and sub-systems or supporting customers with other growth applications such crew entertainment, electronic charting and weather, remote IT services, and electronic port and customs documentation. 


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