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Singtel receives Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award for Maritime Broadband Communications


Singapore, 29 Aug 2008 -- Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) announced today it has received the prestigious 2008 Asia Pacific Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award in the field of Maritime Broadband Communications.
Singtel was bestowed this award for its leadership in developing innovative solutions to improve communications at sea and address the rising challenges of the maritime industry. 
Solutions such as Singtel’s Office-At-Sea suite of maritime applications, which enables vessels to communicate seamlessly and cost-effectively with their headquarters on land, were recognised for boosting business productivity and improving crew welfare.
Other notable innovations by Singtel include the world’s first 1.5-metre C-band stabilised satellite antenna.  Co-designed with its partner SeaTel, this enables sea-going vessels to enjoy significantly higher bandwidth (up to 6Mbps) than a traditional 2.4-metre C-band antenna.
The award also recognises Singtel’s collaboration with the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) to set a new benchmark in maritime education.  Through this initiative, Singtel helped to establish the Satcom@SMA maritime innovation hub.  The first of its kind in Asia Pacific, this facility, which is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, serves as a platform for the development of new applications and solutions.
Singtel also played an important role in developing a new maritime satellite communications module to be included in SMA’s syllabus, which offers practical experience in the use of satellite communication systems and applications for ships. 
With the launch of its global maritime VSAT service, Singtel became the first satellite service provider in Asia to offer a maritime broadband service with seamless, worldwide coverage over all major shipping routes.  Equipped with advanced auto-beam switching capability, the service helps shipping owners to save valuable time and resources by allowing vessels to move from one ocean region to another without the need for time-consuming re-configurations of satellite communications equipment.  Since its launch in March 2008, the service has been successfully deployed for a number of customers around the world.
Frost and Sullivan evaluates candidates based on a stringent set of qualitative and quantitative measurements.  Its criteria included the pace of technological innovation, and the impact of the technology on the maritime industry.
Mr Bill Chang, Singtel’s Executive Vice President of Business, said: “Singtel works closely with an eco-system of top-tier vendors and service providers to offer solutions that are on the cutting-edge of technology.  We invite interested partners to join us in turning ideas into reality.
“This award recognises Singtel’s commitment to accelerating innovations in the maritime industry and transforming the way our customers do business.  As a leader in maritime communications, we are excited to play an important role in enabling shipping companies to achieve success.”