IEC Telecom and global satellite operator Thuraya have launched Orion Edge Virtual, a new satcom system offering an affordable VSAT-like experience over compact hardware, a statement said.
The announcement was made during this years virtual Seatrade Maritime Middle East event, a three-day tradeshow and conference, which took place in Dubai from Dec. 14-16, 2020.
The digital technology, not available to small and mid-sized vessels until now, will bring affordable quality satcom technology to customers with limited onboard space, the statement added.
The technology enables a VSAT-like communications experience over L-band with access to a cloud-based system, offering a wide range of telecom services.
In addition, ICT managers can monitor and control the network across all vessels of their fleet remotely via a user-friendly set of dashboards. New services, including telemedicine, videoconferencing, and remote maintenance, can be added on demand via IEC Telecoms application store.
Globally, the small boats sector is forecasted to grow at 7% by 2024 to become a $13.8 billion industry. The UAE fleet includes numerous smaller vessels, particularly those supporting its growing offshore oil and gas sector.