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Friday, November 20, 2020 

According to IEC Telecom, its Orion Edge V connectivity plan offers an affordable VSAT-like experience, and having joined with satellite operator Thuraya the two companies say they can offer quality satcom technology to smaller vessels.

Orion Edge V operates over L-band with access to a cloud-based system. Incorporating IEC Telecom’s OneGate system into the pre-existing Orion Edge solution makes all telecom services available via a virtual platform. ICT managers can monitor and control the network across all vessels of their fleet remotely. New services, including telemedicine, videoconferencing, and remote maintenance, can be added on demand via IEC Telecom’s application store.

Jassem Nasser, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Thuraya Telecommunications, said: “We are pleased to work with IEC Telecom to develop this connectivity solution which will be of significant benefit to an important marketplace. In these difficult times, flexibility is key. You need to be able to adapt quickly to business requirements with agile solutions. Orion Edge V operates using a combination of Thuraya’s Orion IP broadband and the MarineStar circuit-switch voice terminals, providing a compact connectivity digital solution that can easily be transferred to another vessel if needed.”

Nabil Ben Soussia, CEO Asia, Middle East and CIS, IEC Telecom Group, said: “Today we are experiencing a significantly higher demand for digital solutions in light of the new IMO regulations, which come into effect in January 2021 and require vessel operators to ensure the onboard cyber security of connected ships. I am delighted to announce that this level of virtualised digital connectivity, incorporating advanced cyber security features, is now available to smaller vessels. For small ships, such as offshore support vessels, it is important to remain within tight budgetary requirements. This agile product gives you the confidence to be in control of costs while benefiting from all that is possible through digital communications now and for years to come. To support this market, IEC Telecom and Thuraya offer Orion Edge V with flexible tariff plans and an option of free hardware for project-based subscriptions, enabling fleet managers to get their vessel connected with zero capital investment in a short span of time.”

With the worldwide march towards digitalisation accelerating, the market has seen further increased pace since the Covid-19 pandemic as maritime sectors turned to digital solutions to overcome a range of logistical challenges.

Ben Soussia added: “For maritime and offshore  businesses, digital connectivity represents the future, and we are pleased to announce that the future is available now.”

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