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Ocean’s edge: AsiaSat connects Sailas’ maritime communications service to vessels

Ocean’s edge: AsiaSat connects Sailas’ maritime communications service to vessels

Hong Kong-headquartered satellite solutions provider AsiaSat has announced plans to expand SAILAS’s end-to-end managed connectivity service for the maritime sector with a wide range of value-added services that will further increase operational efficiency and safety for vessel operators, and enhance communication and entertainment experience of crews and passengers on board.

This new initiative marks an important step towards strengthening AsiaSat’s capability in delivering end-to-end managed service to support the digital transformation of the maritime sector. The new value-added services will include the addition of video streaming service to SAILAS’s portfolio of metered and non-metered data service plans, out-of-band management (OBM) and all-embracing antenna system solutions, establishing a complete service network crafted to address the requirements of all maritime sub-verticals including fisheries, merchant shipping, passenger boats, yachting, as well as oil and gas.

Since its launch in Q3 2021, SAILAS has been expanding its maritime coverage, serving a wide area from the Mediterranean Sea, Middle East, South Asia to South East Asia; passing through major shipping routes across the Suez Canal, the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, the Strait of Malacca and the Indonesian archipelagic waters. Vessel operators can rely on SAILAS to support their access to smart applications and information, including real-time weather data, timely instructions from shore, internet connectivity, while a range of data service plans, from pay-as-you-go Gigabyte Plan to value-for-money Standard Plan that offers unlimited data is available to meet the ongoing and seasonal requirements of different maritime verticals.

SAILAS’s new, enhanced value-added services embrace three key areas:

  • Video Streaming Service: With the convergence of video streaming and data connectivity services, SAILAS will offer a broad range of free-to-air video channels across selected Ku-band service coverage areas, to be received by TV sets, PCs and mobile devices via the client’s existing antenna system on-board the vessel, enabling crews and passengers at sea connected with entertainment, news and information at all times
  • Antenna System Solution: SAILAS is compatible with major stabilised antenna brands and supports antennas from 63cm under SAILAS’s extensive coverage. Bundled packages that include a wide range of high-performance maritime antennas with purchase or lease option are available for vessels of all sizes at affordable price
  • Enhanced Out-of-Band Management (OBM) Solution: With flexible and open SD-WAN solution, SAILAS enables an integrated VSAT and OBM solution which supports link aggregation, automatic failover and provides remote access for control on-board and trouble-shooting, commissioning at site, to maximise the availability and reliability of the system for mission critical operations

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