P&O Maritime Logistics moves to hybrid comms network

P&O Maritime Logistics has agreed a deal with Speedcast to deploy a hybrid communications network comprising of GEO and LEO VSAT, 5G and L-band connectivity on 59 support vessels.

“We look forward to partnering with Speedcast to ensure the highest efficiency of our globally dispersed logistics fleet,” said Kris Vedat, Head of Technology and Logistics at P&O Maritime Logistics.

“This agreement solidifies our confidence in the Speedcast team to deliver on our connectivity requirements and speaks to the complementary technology goals our organisations both hold for achieving operational success.”

The networks will be controlled using Speedcast’s cloud-based SIGMA management and edge computing platform, which employs SD-WAN software to deliver network optimisation and intelligent path selection, load balancing, link prioritisation and monitoring, and application steering.

SIGMA will operate proprietary P&O Maritime Logistics applications as virtual machines, as well as hosting Speedcast applications for firewalling, crew internet, voice calls and remote access.

“P&O Maritime Logistics is a leading provider of critical logistics support and marine solutions for offshore energy, port services and cargo transportation,” said Andre Eerland, Vice President, Commercial Maritime at Speedcast.

“We believe they selected Speedcast over the incumbent service provider because we offer the most extensive network, the technical and personnel support infrastructure, and the market-leading software toolset designed for the needs of the maritime sector.”

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