The demand for this type of communications in this sector will multiply by 10 in the next four years

Madrid, 10 of June of 2019.- 

The Spanish engineering company specializing in satellite telecommunications, Satlink, has signed an agreement with Hispasat through which it expands its service portfolio by benefiting the offer of Ku-band satellite communications to the maritime sector in coverage areas of Hispasat satellites in Europe and Latin America.

With this agreement, Satlink will include in its portfolio new VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) communication solutions using the satellite connectivity platforms of Hispasat in Bogotá (Colombia) and in Arganda del Rey (Madrid).

Merchant, fishing, yacht and cruise ship companies will be able to connect with last generation VSAT antennas and access the use of different solutions, such as telephony, high capacity Internet access for crews and passengers, as well as emergency services, among others.

The satellite fleet of Hispasat has optimized Ku-band coverage in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands, the north-west bank of Africa, the Caribbean, the Latin American coast and other areas of the Pacific.

Important market growth
With this agreement, Satlink strengthens its position as a reference provider of satellite telecommunications services and, especially in the maritime sector, where it expects a significant growth in demand.

In fact, and according to the consultancy specialized in this market, Euroconsult, it is expected that this demand will multiply by 10 in the coming years, becoming one of the main growth drivers of the satellite market in the coming years for operators and suppliers of services. It is estimated that the number of antennas in ships practically will double in 2023, from the 24,500 that currently exist to 45,000.

According to Satlink’s Satcom division director, Jean-Paul Geelen, “with this agreement we expanded our offer of services for the maritime sector, in which we have a huge experience thanks to applications that are a referent in this field. The high performance of Hispasat satellites, -adds Geelen-, will allow us to offer new connectivity solutions specific to each type of boat and with which we hope to achieve the same recognition that other solutions of our offer already enjoy”.

According to José Antonio Guerra, Hispasat’s Sales Office manager, “we are very proud that Satlink has relied on Hispasat to offer its maritime connectivity services. In this way we expand our presence in this sector, one of the fields with the greatest growth potential for satellite telecommunications in the coming years and where Satlink is a very powerful agent”.

About Satlink
Founded in 1992, Satlink is a Spanish engineering company specialising in satellite telecommunications. Satlink, which has agreements with the Inmarsat, Thuraya, Iridium and Hispasat global satellite networks, is the world’s leading provider of technological solutions for the fisheries sector and also markets satellite communications solutions in the land and air environment. Headquartered in Madrid, Satlink has offices in Vigo, Washington, Seychelles, Ecuador and Fiji, as well as an extensive network of distributors worldwide. The company is owned by Faustino Velasco (President and founding partner of the company) and Artá Capital, development capital company of the March Group, with €800M under management.

About Hispasat
Hispasat is made up of companies with presence in both Spain and Latin America, where its Brazilian subsidiary Hispamar is located. Hispasat is a leader in the dissemination and distribution of audiovisual content in Spanish and Portuguese, including the transmission of important digital platforms of Direct Television to the Home (DTH) and High Definition Television (HDTV). Hispasat also provides broadband services and satellite connectivity that include Internet access, mobility and extension of cellular networks, as well as other value-added solutions for governments, corporations and telecommunications operators in America, Europe and North Africa. Hispasat is one of the leading companies in the world by revenues in its sector and the main communications bridge between Europe and America.