SES launches Maritime+

Satellite communications company SES has unveiled its first Ka band services under the SES Maritime+ service offering. The service will use the Astra 2E and Astra 2G’s Ka band beams that will drive efficiency and operational savings.

Ka band communications have been used by the military for some time and are being rolled out for civilian use at present. In 2014, NASA said that this would be ‘the future of satellite communications’.

The new service will be launched in Q2 2016 and combines SES Ka-band spot beams, EPAK DSi9 maritime antenna and Gilat Satellite Networks broadband technology. The offering is based on SES Techcom Services’ Astra Connect solution and will provide coverage over Europe, including the North Sea, the Irish Sea and inland waterways.

It will target customers such as offshore wind farms, inland shipping companies, and supply ships for oil platforms. These companies rely on sound, reliable communications as part of their business, something Ka band should boost considerably.

“Our new offering for the mobility market is a highly cost-effective maritime Ka-band service, which is designed to deliver communications on the move and allows a wider range of customers to profit from maritime connectivity,” said Norbert Willems, Commercial Vice President at SES Techcom Services.

“Providing connectivity at sea has become increasingly crucial. This new service not only meets this need, but also does so economically, thanks to the attractive price per megabit of our Ka-band offering.”

EPAK Managing Director Jochen Gruener added, “We are pleased to partner with SES in this initiative. Our DSi9 Ka-band terminal enables us to guarantee excellent network availability, even in the most challenging conditions.”

SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of more than 50 geostationary satellites.

The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide.