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September 10, 2010

GVF Launches Maritime Satcom Forum

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

GVF (News - Alert), the largest non-profit association serving the satellite communications industry, has announced the formation of the Maritime Satcom Forum, which is a new group specially dedicated to promoting the growth of satellite communications in the maritime industry. The group's first meeting is going to be sponsored by maritime satellite technology provider iDirect and service providers Orange Business Services and SpeedCast Limited, and it will be held at the upcoming Comsys (News - Alert) VSAT 2010 Conference in London.

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Comprising of maritime satellite service providers and technology manufacturers, the Maritime Satcom Forum aspires to heighten awareness of satellite communications in the industry, strengthen the advocacy efforts, expand delivery of training at the end-customer level and also provide a single voice for helping the shipping companies understand the value of satellite services. The forum will be responsible for hosting meetings and events for providing members with opportunities to discuss key market trends and developments.

In a release, Simon Bull, a Comsys satellite communications analyst who will be chairing the newly-formed group's first meeting, said, "We've seen remarkable growth in the demand for satellite communications onboard vessels. With so many shipping operators looking to convert their vessels into fully-connected mobile offices, there is a tremendous need to educate end users on the service levels, capabilities and benefits of VSAT technology."

The Maritime Satcom Forum's first official meeting will be held during this year's Comsys VSAT Conference on September 17, 2010 at 1 pm BST at the Waldorf Hotel in London.

In a release, David Hartshorn, the secretary general of GVF, said, "The Maritime Satcom Forum is just the first in a series of groups that will target specific verticals to drive greater awareness of satellite communications and ultimately accelerate its adoption. For us, the maritime industry was an obvious place to start because the need for satellite communications is immediate and the opportunity for providers is tremendous."   

GVF was formed in1998 and is the non-profit international association of the satellite communications industry. The GVF is made up of more than 230 members from 100 countries in every major region of the world, like satellite operators, manufacturers, network service providers, system integrators, carriers and other related organizations. 


Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Beecher Tuttle