Source: Marine Electronics & Communications
SpeedCast International has expanded satellite communications services in and around Africa by agreeing to use Ku-band capacity on a Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) satellite. SpeedCast will use Ku-band beams on the Yamal-402 satellite to deliver broadband into the African region. It will also use an uplink, based in Germany, to deliver broadband communications into Europe.
GSS’ constellation consists of four satellites – Yamal-202, Yamal-300K, Yamal-401 and Yamal-402 and operates ground telecommunications infrastructure. Other service providers have taken capacity on the Yamal fleet to deliver broadband to shipping. Recently, NSSLGlobal took capacity on Yamal-402 to deliver communications offshore East Africa. In September 2015, Radio Holland secured capacity on the northern beam of the Yamal 402 satellite to deliver broadband services for ships operating in the Barents Sea and Kara Sea.