Singapore has grown into a place that many view as a hub of IT and communications technology. Amongst the developments that have had the most success in that part of the world are maritime and general applications. Inmarsat is one company that has been recognized for more than 30 years. One way the firm has shown its knowledge by signing agreements with firms like SingTel.
Since the two companies first formed their partnership decades ago, SingTel (News - Alert) has seen its maritime services grow thanks to its ST-1 and ST-2 satellites. The firm now boasts more than 12,000 ship connections and has actually been working on perfecting maritime communications for more than 35 years.
The company has a market capitalization of $44 billion, and with that level of market infux it has managed to make satellite communications that are even attractive to other firms. “As a telecommunications company, we provide end-to-end solutions to shipping companies, from satellite to fiber and IP, connecting their vessels and shore offices all over the world,” said Lim Kian Soon, head of satellite business at SingTel.
Soon went on to explain the company has reached a level where the only real limit to the services it can provide is how much a customer is willing to pay. The company’s satellite ST-2 has a rather wide footprint that spans the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent, Southeast Asia and the Mediterranean Sea. This particular satellite is able to use both C-Band and Ku-Band coverage which makes it among the best in the business. The company just recently launched its third satellite, ST-3. This one further expands the company’s footprint and gives the company access and coverage in the African region.
The company owns four earth stations in the Singapore area and this has allowed the firm to optimize the bandwidth required for the best of the best satellite communications.
Edited by Maurice Nagle