SpeedCast to set up comms across nine GMS jack-up barges

SpeedCast International Limited, a global telecommunications service provider, has been awarded a multi-year communications contract from Abu Dhabi’s Gulf Marine Services (GMS), a provider of self-propelled self-elevating support vessels (SESV) serving the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sectors.

According to SpeedCast, the new dual-beam Ku-band satellite service will provide broadband connectivity for GMS’ office applications and voice services across nine GMS barges.

“We have a modern fleet that enables us to serve our clients’ needs, which require sophisticated communications systems,” said Simon Cook, COO of Gulf Marine Services. “Not only does SpeedCast achieve this, but they are also able to deliver an advanced, globally accessible communications solution that is reliable and has a proven operational deployment record.”

SpeedCast said in its press release that its solution will initially deliver MBR 2048/512 CIR 512/256 links for each vessel, with scope to upgrade as necessary depending on GMS’ requirements. SpeedCast will deliver principle support for GMS from its Dubai, U.A.E. sales and support centre, backed by its global support network.

“We are delighted that we can support the modern, innovative and sustainable solutions that GMS provides its partners in the offshore oil sector,” said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast. “Our Ku-band service is unrivaled, providing seamless connectivity and a powerful business solution to enable GMS to maintain its focus on providing its clients with efficient and cost-effective solutions.”

Piers Cunningham, VP of Maritime Services, SpeedCast, said: “The Middle East is a critically important market for the offshore oil sector. SpeedCast has continued to invest in its network and infrastructure to service the demanding requirements of its offshore customers.  Likewise, SpeedCast has continued to invest in products and services, for both FSS and MSS, that allow us to serve as a one-stop-shop for our maritime and energy customers’ critical communications.”

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