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Parakou tankers to roll-out Aura VSAT
26 May, 2017

Singapore based ship management company Parakou has agreed to a deal to implement Satcom Global's Aura VSAT system across its fleet of tankers, with the Ku-band service now live on eight vessels following an eight-week rapid installation program in Asia and the USA. 

Satcom Global will provide Parakou with a global unlimited data service supported by a CIR (Committed Information Rate), as well as its IPSignature 4 smartbox in the Aura below deck rack to allow the crew to connect to the web via their own smart devices. 

"Having worked with Satcom Global for many years, we knew they had the right experience to support us in our move to VSAT technology," said Moh Chong Boon, fleet director at Parakou. "An important driver in our adoption of VSAT was to be able to provide our crew with reliable and consistent connectivity. Aura's guaranteed CIR gave us confidence that the crew will have an improved experience whilst sailing for extended periods of time. Aura is already making a huge difference to vessel connectivity, so we look forward to completing the rollout across the rest of the fleet." 

"Usually migrating a fleet's communications system is a complicated and lengthy process, but the flexibility Satcom Global has shown in completing the installations of Aura VSAT in such quick succession is impressive." 

The first VSAT installation under the deal was completed within five days of receipt of the order.​

The installation program is supported by Satcom Global' s strategic partnership with Intellian, who provides access to the Ku-band hardware including Intellian v100 antennas and the Aura rack, which is manufactured at Intellian's Global facilities. As an example of how this has helped to speed up the process, Satcom Global says that it was able to go from receipt of order to installation of Aura on the first Parakou vessel in just five days.

"Our strategic partnership with Satcom Global is the perfect example of the new, more efficient business model we're encouraging the market to adopt," said Jon Harrison, VP of global satcom sales at Intellian. "Our respective technical teams have collaborated to define a standardized system, including Intellian's 1m VSAT system and fully pre-integrated rack system, comprised of our below deck equipment as well as Satcom Global's IPSignature 4 smartbox and all other required devices to swiftly enable the Aura service." 

"By keeping stock of these pre-integrated, pre-tested systems in our three global logistics centres—and backed by a network of more than 450 vendors worldwide— enable our partners to rapidly fulfil orders and connect global fleets, like Parakou' s MR tankers, in the shortest possible time, leading to a smoother transition to VSAT and accelerated ROI." 

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