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August 30, 2010

MTN and Maritime Offers Global VSAT Satellite Services Aboard Hellespont Ship

By Deepika Mala, TMCnet Contributor

German-based ship owner Hellespont Ship Management GmbH & Co. KG has signed a 36-month agreement with MTN (News - Alert) Satellite Communications, a global provider of communications, connectivity, and content services to remote locations around the world, and Maritime Broadband LLC, makers of the C-Bird VSAT system.

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According to the contract, both the companies will be responsible of providing communication services to the MT Hellespont Progress product tanker.

The reliability that only “always on – always available” systems can provide is offered by Maritime’s global VSAT satellite communications network. To keep people connected anywhere in the world, over 600 vessels worldwide, including cruise ships, government and military vessels, commercial ships, private yachts, offshore drilling and production sitesand ferries depend on MTN’s voice and data networks.

“On the MT Hellespont Progress, we have chosen to proceed with a 3-year contract for MTN global C-Band services utilizing Maritime Broadband’s C-Bird. We have found MTN’s worldwide coverage to be consistent and C-Bird to be economical and reliable,” Matthias Edler, IT manager, Hellespont Ship Management, said. “In addition, we are providing Internet and telephone services to our crew on a regular and affordable basis.”

With Maritime Broadband’s C-Bird antenna system, the Hellespont Ship Management GmbH & Co. KG MT Hellespont Progress vessel was outfitted in Dec. 2009, with service delivered via MTN’s global, private satellite communications network.

“More and more commercial shipping vessels are realizing the value proposition that MTN VSAT offers,” Bradford C. Briggs, senior vice president and general manager, MTN commercial shipping and energy services, said. “Our competitive, committed information rate service plans, guaranteed bandwidths, and superior service backed by a reliable, private, global satellite communications network ensure that commercial vessels will always have the connectivity they need to be fully operational.”

“We are proud to offer Hellespont Ship Management and all our customers the highest quality global maritime service available through our partnership with MTN. The MTN network is carefully managed to consistently exceed the customer's expectations for full global coverage and data throughput. We depend on MTN's team and network to support the growth of C-Bird as the standard for global communication in commercial maritime,” Mary Ellen Kramer, president, Maritime Broadband LLC, said.


Deepika Mala is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Monda