SES, Gilat make connectivity at sea more accessible

SES S.A. (Euronext Paris: SESG) (LuxX: SESG) and Gilat Satellite Networks (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT) have launched a strategic collaboration focused on delivering affordable connectivity to a broad range of small ships and vessels left underserved at sea in the Caribbean and beyond, the companies said.

Set for commercial launch in April 2017, the plug-and-play platform is the latest offering within the SES Maritime+ service, which was first introduced late last year.

The new collaborative solution bundles Gilat´s MarineRay 60P all-in-one Ku-band maritime VSAT (very small aperture terminal) antenna package with SES´s tailored maritime capacity on both wide beam and upcoming high throughput satellite (HTS) capacity to help small yachts and ship operators break through barriers to entry.

The collaborative solution, sold through a network of authorised dealers across the globe, will be available first to small yachts and vessels traversing Caribbean waters, followed by small craft operating in the Mediterranean Sea, North Sea, and ocean waters throughout Southeast Asia.

SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO).

Gilat Satellite Networks is a provider of satellite-based broadband communications with 30 years of experience in cutting-edge ground segment equipment and comprehensive solutions and end-to-end services.