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Singtel ties up with KVH on VSAT satellite services

Looking ahead to the trend towards greater connectivity at sea, Singtel and KVH Industries are tying up to provide shipping companies a seamless broadband satellite service using KVH’s mini-VSAT BroadbandSM satellite connectivity.

The global satellite and maritime communications provider said the satellite service will help accelerate the digital transformation of the maritime industry across the Asia-Pacific region and is well-suited to facilitate the use of digital solutions in the maritime industry.

The deal will see Singtel marketing KVH’s product and service offerings, including the subscription-based AgilePlans services for commercial fleets to its maritime customers. These include KVH’s global connectivity service, VSAT hardware, and curated content with free installation in selected ports and zero maintenance costs. 

The improved connectivity will significantly improve operational efficiency, crew welfare and onboard safety. Vessels can leverage this fast and reliable connectivity to harness real-time data about engine performance gleaned from onboard sensors to facilitate preventive maintenance and reduce maintenance costs; obtain information on weather patterns and sea currents to determine the most fuel-efficient routes; and provide onshore operations staff regular updates about the status of cargo.

“With 90% of the world’s trade carried by seaborne vessels, it is imperative for the shipping industry to adopt innovative technologies in order to operate more efficiently,” said Singtel head of satellite Ng Kheng Ghee.

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“This service provides an accessible high-speed broadband connectivity that enables digital technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and data analytics to be deployed onboard ships. As the leading maritime communications service provider in the Asia Pacific region, we look forward to this partnership with KVH to help shipping companies in the region deploy digital technologies across their fleets, using advanced satellite communications products and services,” he said.

“The Asia-Pacific region boasts some of the busiest ports in the world and we are thrilled to be working with Singtel,” said KVH Asia-Pacific vp Mark Guthrie. “With KVH’s end-to-end connectivity solution, our leadership role in global maritime VSAT, and our already strong base in this region, we look forward to combining forces with Singtel to help serve the many important fleets and ship managers operating here,” he added.