Satellite Technology Feature Article
Globecomm Systems Provides Satellite Services to 3,500 Ships Globally
By Sujata Garud, TMCnet Contributor
Globecomm Systems (News - Alert) has achieved a maritime industry milestone providing connectivity services to 3,500 ships globally. The company offers a wide array of connection platforms, from L-band to GSM and VSAT, as well as a suite of value-added software products, aligning its service provision to fast-changing customer needs.
The milestones include installing 300 Wi-Fi networks to enable managed Internet access for ships’ crews, combining hybrid VSAT and GSM services, enabling remote access to onboard IT networks and providing firewall and anti-virus products that keep vessels safe and compliant.
Dave Hershberg, chairman and CEO at Globecomm, said, “The growth of our maritime services segment is a core strategy for Globecomm and will continue to be so in coming years. The key to our approach is being ‘agnostic’ about the airtime and letting our customers choose a service that is right for them, all of which can take advantage of a market-leading suite of value-added services.”
Malcom McMaster, president of Globecomm Maritime, said, “2012 has been an excellent year for Globecomm Maritime. We have remained focused on core technologies such as Inmarsat (News - Alert) FleetBroadband, but have also expanded our range of services, with emphasis on extended Ku-band coverage and our combined Ku-band/L-band service se@FLEX. Reaching 1,800 active Inmarsat terminals demonstrates the success of continuing to support core maritime technology while at the same time providing cost-effective services that our customers have come to know and trust.”
Recently, Globecomm Systems received option year two of a five year contract from a U.S. Government agency valued at USD 6.8 million. This contract is a combined effort between Globecomm's wholly-owned subsidiaries, Globecomm Services Maryland, Globecomm Europe and Cachendo. Globecomm previously announced approximately USD 6.0 million in contracts from this U.S. Government agency, bringing the combined contract value to approximately USD 12.8 million. Under the terms of the contract, Globecomm will provide In-Country Field Engineers, IT services via its teleport facility, Voice over IP, satellite television, WAN optimization, program management, operations and maintenance, storage, distribution, and network connectivity.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman