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Hughes India Launches Maritime Mobility Services

Connecting the Unconnected

Company introduces first services to meet operational, crew welfare, and passenger needs for constant connectivity in Indian waters

Hughes Communications India Ltd (HCIL) announced the launch of commercial maritime mobility services in India. HCIL is the first to receive a Flight and Maritime Connectivity (FMC) license in India, which permits the company to provide mobility services within 125 kilometers of the Indian coastline in domestic waters and internationally, through roaming partnerships with select maritime providers.

“Maritime businesses in India—whether cruiselines, shipping companies or offshore oil operators—are eager
to connect their vessels, crews and passengers with high-quality, satellite broadband, and we are ready to serve them today,” said Partho Banerjee, president and managing director, HCIL. “We estimate that more than 500 Indian vessels will use Indian maritime services in the next three years to stay connected; two customers have already signed on for our maritime offering.”

Until now, ships entering Indian territorial waters were required to shut down their VSAT (very small aperture terminal) connections; now, they can connect seamlessly to HCIL’s high-speed Ku-band satellite network ensuring uninterrupted data and voice applications from the port of origin to the port of destination (much like terrestrial mobile roaming).

HCIL’s maritime mobility services deliver high capacity and efficiency, enabling broadband access that can be used to monitor weather patterns, cut fuel costs, file regulatory documents, order supplies from sea to save time in port, and improve safety, among other uses. For crew and passenger welfare, the services make it possible for people at sea to stay connected, browse the Internet, check social media, watch videos and more—with quality comparable to that of terrestrial broadband connectivity.

The HCIL maritime offering is powered by the industry-leading Hughes JUPITERTM System, designed and optimized for broadband services over both high-throughput and conventional satellites and provides for roaming among JUPITER equipped platforms operated by international waterway service partners.