Spanish satellite operator Hispasat has announced a contract to strengthen the VSAT portfolio of maritime communications specialist Satlink in Europe and Latin America. Using Ku band VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) units pointed to Hispasatís satellites, merchant vessels, ferries, yachts and fishing boat companies will be able to enjoy high-capacity connectivity on their ships, allowing them to offer internet access to crew and passengers as well as high-quality links to receive TV, emergency services and telephony, said Hispasat.
The company described maritime connectivity as one of the segments with the greatest growth potential in the satellite telecommunications sector. It said the number of antennas on ships will practically double from 24,500 today to 45,000 by 2023 and that its fleet currently offers Ku band coverage in the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, north-western rim of Africa, the Caribbean, the coast of Chile and other areas in the Pacific.