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Satellite Partnership Agreed for Asia-Pacific Region

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KVH Industries, a satellite and maritime communications provider, has agreed a partnership with Singtel to provide its mini-VSAT Broadband satellite service to shipping companies in the Asia-Pacific region.

The service is designed to increase connectivity and improve operational efficiency, crew welfare, and onboard safety, as well as leveraging real-time data about engine performance to reduce maintenance costs.

KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband is also able to obtain information on weather patterns and sea-routes, required in order to determine a vessel’s most fuel-efficient route.

In addition, the connected system can provide onshore operations staff with regular updates about the status of cargo.

Singtel, Asia’s leading communications technology group, has also been building digital solutions for the maritime industry, including cybersecurity and IoT capabilities.

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Mark Guthrie, KVH’s Vice President for Asia Pacific, said: “The Asia Pacific region boasts some of the busiest ports in the world, and we are thrilled to be working with Singtel.

“With KVH’s end-to-end connectivity solution, our leadership role in global maritime VSAT, and our already strong base in this region, we look forward to combining forces with Singtel to help serve the many important fleets and ship managers operating here.”

Ng Kheng Ghee, Head of Satellite at Singtel, also commented: “With 90% of the world’s trade carried by seaborne vessels, it is imperative for the shipping industry to adopt innovative technologies in order to operate more efficiently.

 “This service provides an accessible high-speed broadband connectivity that enables digital technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and data analytics to be deployed onboard ships.

“As the leading maritime communications service provider in the Asia Pacific region, we look forward to this partnership with KVH to help shipping companies in the region deploy digital technologies across their fleets, using advanced satellite communications products and services.”

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