SingTel and Becker forge marine comms deal

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Singapore Telecommunications and Becker Marine Systems Communication, a leading maritime communications services provider, have signed a teaming agreement to offer cutting-edge managed Infocomm Technology (ICT) solutions for the global maritime industry.

Under the agreement, Becker Marine Systems Communication will seek to incorporate SingTel’s suite of Maritime Satellite solutions into its umc.global network managed services platform. By extending applications such as corporate email, Intranet and Internet access and voice communications to sea-bound employees in a secure manner, ships can become seamless extensions of the shore-based office. This gives maritime companies a productivity boost and helps to create better lives for seafarers by allowing them to stay in touch with their loved ones while at sea.

SingTel will explore offering Becker Marine Systems Communication’s umc.connect portnetR ship2shore service in more than 80 ports worldwide. With this solution, vessels close to the shore can reduce costs by switching their satellite broadband connections to SingTel’s high-speed land-based WiFi or mobile networks.

The agreement also looks into providing umc.global network customers with cost-effective, hassle-free 2G, 3G and 3.5G roaming coverage via SingTel and Bridge Alliance networks in 11 countries: Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Customers will enjoy superior voice and data connectivity at a flat roaming rate across all territories.

Titus Yong, SingTel’s Vice President of Satellite, said: “This teaming agreement seeks to bring satellite, GSM and terrestrial wireless solutions together to provide maritime companies with an innovative one-stop ICT experience that will transform the way they do business. SingTel is excited to work closely with Becker Marine Systems Communication to give maritime customers a vital competitive edge.”