Thai and Russian satellite operators explore joint maritime services

Satellite operators Thaicom and Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) have announced the signing of an Agreement of Intention to collaborate on the joint development of a service offering for maritime satellite broadband connectivity.

According to the agreement, Thaicom and RSCC will initially explore roaming options on their respective maritime VSAT networks. Thaicom launched its own Nava maritime VSAT product in 2018, while RSCC currently provides connectivity services to approximately 300 maritime vessels in Russian and European waters.

“We intend the agreement to mark the beginning of a successful long-term partnership between Thaicom and RSCC and the development of joint communication solutions connecting Russia with Asia-Pacific,” said Patompob Suwansiri, Chief Commercial Officer of Thaicom.

“This collaboration will leverage the capabilities of Thai and Russian marine VSAT networks. The Nava roaming solutions enabled satellite network will provide seamless switching of onboard equipment from one satellite network to the other without degradation of service level agreements provided. Customers will benefit from full high speed broadband coverage of maritime vessel routes between Europe and Asia-Pacific.”

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