Middle East and Africa
Geolink, CETel to Provide VSAT Services in Guinea
Geolink Satellite Services will implement and manage global VSAT maritime solutions on an oil rig in the Gulf of Guinea.
The company has deployed stabilized maritime antennas, Internet access and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solutions to support the business’ communication while keeping the crew connected. Geolink’s NOC is available around the clock, and has a customized quality of service (QoS) architecture that meets expectations set by the technical team. GeolinkBoard, Geolink’s monitoring tool, will also be available in real time to assess the performance of services provided on the rig.
Hermes Datacomms Extends Broadband Coverage in Iraq
Hermes Datacomms has acquired services from Avanti Communications that will boost its satellite capacity in Iraq. The company will deploy the capacity in remote fields, then launch a program to up-weight connectivity for enterprise customers in the Middle East. Avanti will provide Ka-band services to Hermes via its Hylas 2 satellite.
“Hermes requires high-quality, secure coverage over some of the remotest parts of the world. Powered by our Hylas 2 satellite, the contract will extend Hermes’ connectivity in Iraq. We look forward to working together in partnership,” said Matthew O’Connor, COO of Avanti.
Al-Rashad Holdings Awards Contract to ASC Signal
Kuwait-based Al-Rashed Holdings has awarded ASC Signal Corporation with a contract to provide gateway satellite antennas and equipment for Kuwait’s Ministry of Information, which will be used for the distribution of TV and radio content across the Middle East and Africa. ASC Signal will provide transmit and receive Earth stations to access Nilesat and Arabsat satellites.
The Ku- and DBS-band antennas include interchangeable feed systems that will allow the Ministry of Information to use the same antenna at different frequency bands depending on the program.
Thuraya Introduces First Dedicated Vehicular Broadband Terminal
Thuraya Telecommunications has launched its first dedicated vehicular IP broadband terminal designed and manufactured by Hughes Network Systems. The Thuraya IP Voyager is designed for end users in the government, oil and gas, media and relief sectors, and is capable of achieving streaming IP rates of up to 384 kbps.
The Thuraya IP Voyager will enable remote users to collaborate using video, data and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services to achieve mission-critical tasks in areas that are not served by terrestrial communication networks. The terminal is designed to connect at IP broadband speeds of up to 444 kbps while on-the-move, and includes a built-in Wi-Fi access point as well as four Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) ports to connect multiple wired devices.
SkyVision to Manage Voice and Data Services for Nigeria-Based Sapetro
SkyVision Global Networks has implemented its project with South Atlantic Petroleum (Sapetro), one of Nigeria’s major oil and gas upstream companies that now has new operations in Benin. The five-year project includes the installation of a full suite of SkyVision connectivity solutions in Benin and an end-to-end voice and data managed solution based on multiple technologies, integration and professional services.
The project includes mesh VSAT and wireless point to multipoint connections for Sapetro’s offices and operational sites, as well as mobile terrestrial units and vessels coupled with the integration of SkyVision services, including voice and telephony over IP, two-way radios, mobile satellite phones, managed firewall and Wi-Fi.
“We are thrilled to have engaged the services of SkyVision for this important project which is geared towards providing robust high-tech turnkey communication infrastructure to support our operations in the Sèmè Field,” said Martin Trachsel, CEO of Sapetro.