The Union Minister of Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the maritime communication services at Mumbai on September 13. Prasad said that maritime connectivity will enable high-end support to those on sea by providing access to voice, data and video services using satellite technology.
The launch makes Nelco Ltd, a Tata Group entity, India’s first company to provide quality broadband services to the maritime sector. Nelco through global partnerships, infrastructure – including transponder capacity on satellite of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) – and a comprehensive service portfolio will help energy, cargo and cruise vessels enhance their operational efficiency by improving crew welfare and customer services.
Speaking on this occasion, PJ Nath, Managing Director & CEO of NELCO said that the company will offer a bouquet of digital services to cater to the needs of various types of maritime vessels.
In December 2018, the federal government announced licenses for in-flight and maritime communications (IFMC) that allow for voice and internet services while flying over the Indian airspace and sailing in the country’s territorial waters, for both international and Indian aircraft and vessels. The announcement was a key move by of the Ministry of Telecom towards liberalising satellite communication services in India.
Tatanet Services Ltd (TNSL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nelco got the license from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to provide IFMC services in March this year.