Hughes Communications India Ltd, (HCIL), a subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, LLC, a provider of broadband satellite networks and services, has announced the launch of commercial maritime mobility services in India.
HCIL was the first company to receive a Flight and Maritime Connectivity (FMC) license in India; this permits it to provide mobility services within 125 kilometres of the Indian coastline. HCIL says it now enables reliable and ubiquitous connectivity to vessels sailing in domestic waters, as well as internationally, through roaming partnerships with select maritime providers.
Until now, ships entering Indian territorial waters were required to shut down their VSAT connections; now they can connect to HCIL’s high-speed Ku-band satellite network. This connectivity ensures that ships and their crews switch seamlessly to the HCIL network (much like terrestrial mobile roaming), with uninterrupted data and voice applications from the port of origin to the port of destination.
HCIL’s maritime mobility services enable 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. The services also make it possible for people at sea to browse the internet, check social media, watch videos and more.
The HCIL maritime service offering includes the Hughes JUPITER System platform domestically and provides for roaming among international waterways with global ecosystem partners. The JUPITER System is a next generation platform for VSAT networks, designed and optimized for broadband