Global satellite communications and network service provider SpeedCast International has entered into a framework agreement with Cobham SATCOM in the field of maritime stabilised antennas, which offers high-speed connectivity at sea.

The deal, which will last for three years, has enabled SpeedCast to receive Cobham’s distribution partner status.

The agreement will also help form the basis of a strategic partnership that allows Cobham SATCOM to extend its Sailor and Sea Tel Brand very small aperture terminal (VSAT) and television receive-only (TVRO) antennas' reach across SpeedCast's global sales and support network.

"This strategic cooperation enables SpeedCast to deliver Cobham's market-leading technology."

Additionally, Cobham's portfolio of stabilised antenna systems for Inmarsat's new Fleet Xpress service will become a major part of SpeedCast's service portfolio.

SpeedCast will also be able to provide better performance on Ku-band networks for end-users with Cobham’s new Sailor 900 VSAT high-power system, as well as the Sailor 60 GX 60cm antenna and Sailor 100 GX 1m for Fleet Xpress.

SpeedCast International CEO Pierre-Jean Beylier said: "This strategic cooperation enables SpeedCast to deliver Cobham's market-leading technology within maritime stabilised antennas to end-users worldwide.

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“The framework agreement benefits both SpeedCast and Cobham and supports our ability to innovate and deliver reliable communications services that help our customers to operate smarter through better communication.”

Cobham SATCOM's Sailor VSAT technology, which functions as a base for the intelligent maritime antenna systems, is expected to help SpeedCast and its end-users to reduce installation time and costs.

In April this year, Cobham and Inmarsat partner Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company (MCN) secured a deal to manage the roll-out of Cobham's Sailor 100 GX and Sailor 60 GX antenna systems to vessels, owned by Nanjing Tanker (NTC).