MTN and ERZIA offer mobile VSAT communications

MTN Satellite
Communications (MTN) and ERZIA announced the installation of MTN’s Rapid
Deployment System (RDS), mobile VSAT communications solution designed for the
maritime industry, on the Spanish research vessel BIO Hesperides.


Installed in just one
day, the RDS guarantees
complete communications connectivity no matter the location or conditions as it
travels across the Pacific fromSydney, Australia to Cartagena de Indias in Columbia for
the Malaspina expedition.


The Marina Malaspina
Expedition is led by the CSIC and mainly financed by the Ministry of Science
and Innovation, performed in memory of the Alessandro Malaspina voyage
(1789-1794). The main objective is to develop a high-resolution inventory of
the global change’s impact on ocean ecosystems and exploring their
biodiversity, particularly in the deep ocean.


As it approached the
final segment of the expedition across the Pacific Ocean, the vessel required a
temporary broadband satellite communications solution that could be installed
within a day. The MTN/ERZIA team was able to fulfill the requirements on time
given their previous experience providing support for the BIO Sarmiento de


BIO Hesperides is a
Navy ship dedicated to marine science that uses X-Band satellites to connect
their systems,” said Ian Maxson-Davies, commercial director, Europe for
MTN Satellite Communications.


When this vessel
required additional coverage, they turned to the MTN/ERZIA team based on our
ability to install a fully operational temporary VSAT solution and supporting
services within a day. We developed the RDS solution for this very kind of
situation and are pleased to play a role in the BIO Hesperides’ scientific
mission,” Davies added.


The RDS solution enables
offshore energy vessels to quickly establish voice and data communications
using a temporary turnkey Ku-band satellite connection and VSAT equipment,
delivering “Always On – Always Available” broadband communications.
The RDS is designed to provide quality VSAT communications on a temporary basis
to vessels that require consistent and constant remote access to global


Our flexibility and
engineering expertise were key to the success in this project. We were able to
deploy a fully functional system in one day with its secure connection to UTM’s
core network up and running in a few hours, meanwhile reducing cost due to
ERZIA and MTN global logistics and technical service network,” said Juan
Corro, Satellite Services Business Unit Manager from ERZIA Technologies.


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