It’s not (just) about the money

So what did we learn from the first day of the GVF conference in London? Enough for plenty of future blog posts – but the over-riding takeaway from Wednesday was that satcom vendors need to understand more about shipping. And on the flip side, shipowners and managers need to understand more about satcoms. This double [more…]

Giving meaning to (Marine) money

I’m in NYC for Marine Money and the lunch speaker on the first day was John Wood of educational charity Room to Read. It reminded me that I wrote a blog post about R2R last year after first hearing John speak. Its original client declined to publish it (they had a pretty simplistic view on [more…]

GVF VSAT Forum programme – Day 2

Day Two – 28 June 0800-0900 – Registration & Refreshments 0900-0905 Welcome & Day Two Opening Remarks from the Chair Martin Jarrold, Chief, International Programme Development, GVF 0905-0925 On the Horizon: Emerging Trends in the Maritime Communications Marketplace Roger Adamson, Chief Executive, Stark Moore Macmillan & Chairman, International Maritime Sales & Marketing Association 0925-0930 – [more…]

Global VSAT Forum programme published

The GVF has published an updated draft programme for next week’s Maritime Satcoms Forum – it’s a bit of a marathon but hopefully plenty of value there. Day 1 is below – day 2 follows. Day One – 27 June 0800-0850 – Registration & Refreshments 0850-0900 Welcome & Day One Opening Remarks from the Chair [more…]

Global VSAT a regional game, says NSR

Satellite sector analyst Northern Sky has released a research note on the announcement by Intelsat of the EPIC high throughput satellite platform. And while NSR agrees that the launch signals a no-going back approach by FSS operators into the MSS market, it says that ultimate success will be achieved by providing regional capacity where it [more…]

Three’s a crowd?

Tricky thing, announcing a major service launch when you are in  quiet period pre-IPO but Intelsat has managed it, confirming it will order at least two new satellites to provide a high capacity Ku-band spot beam service in the North Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions and the platform for of EpicNG. EpicNG will include a [more…]

Old words for old (and new) problems

It’s good to see a modern maritime journal digging out the language of (almost) another age to describe the current one. This works fine except when the sub-editors are younger than you and therefore baffled by your use of antique terms. When Safety at Sea described owners as ‘hidebound’ for not investing in more technology [more…]