By Jonathan Easton
Satellite operator Eutelsat has extended its carriage partnership with Marlink.
The Global Maritime Partnership supports expansion in Africa and the Middle East. It focuses on connecting all aspects of the maritime industry including shipping, offshore, cruise/ferry, yachting and fishing.
The expanded partnership – extending a deal initially agreed in 2019 – will continue to expand broadband availability via satellite to maritime customers.
Marlink said that it has made a multi-year commitment for GEO Ku-band capacity representing several hundred incremental Mhz on multiple Eutelsat satellites, covering the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe to deliver targeted capacity with guaranteed levels of throughput to specific sailing areas.
CEO of Marlink Group Erik Ceuppens 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.”
Eutelsat chief commercial officer Philippe Oliva said: “We are hugely excited to deepen our relationship with Marlink, confirming Eutelsat as one of the go-to satellite network operators for maritime connectivity. We look forward to continuing to support Marlink as it rolls out its best-in-class service to seafarers in all segments of the maritime industry, with existing and future capacity on our fleet.”