Marlink confirms third satellite partnership
Maritime VSAT operator Marlink has confirmed its third satellite partnership of the last seven days.
This time the network solution provider has turned to its long-time partner Eutelsat as it looks to expand services in Africa, the Red Sea and Gulf, and integrate the Americas and Asia.
The development is a multi-year extension of the Global Maritime Partnership signed by the two in 2019 and represents several hundred incremental Mhz of GEO Ku-band capacity that will support expansion in Africa and the Middle East as well as the extension of coverage to Asia and the Americas.
Commenting on the Eutelsat agreement, Erik Ceuppens, CEO of Marlink Group said: “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Eutelsat, which has proven its ability to deliver the right platform and capabilities to suit our target markets and the flexibility to accommodate our high standards with respect to the latency of voice traffic, capacity management and deployment flexibility.”
The development comes a week after Marlink confirmed it was working with OneWeb to use its satellite connectivity for the maritime, energy, enterprise and humanitarian sectors, by combining OneWeb's LEO constellation and Marlink's smart network solutions.
Also last week Marlink said its customers would be able to leverage SES’s next-generation MEO constellation, O3b mPOWER – the satellites that will have ground stations co-located with Microsoft Azure data centres.
Their next-generation technology is built on the proven commercial success of SES’s first-generation O3b MEO constellation and is scheduled for launch this year.
Marlink's partnership with SES dates back more than two decades and has seen them deliver connectivity to maritime users, humanitarian agencies, energy and mining companies, as well as enterprise, mobility and government customers leveraging SES's widebeam and high-throughput GEO satellites, O3b constellation and teleport infrastructure.
Under their latest agreement, Marlink will offer SES services to its customers with data-intensive requirements. This will include the usual sectors of humanitarian, energy, enterprise, mining, government and maritime, and will also include OmniAccess’ superyacht customers who require networks with higher speeds and dedicated lower latency for their business operations in the most remote locations.