IEC Telecom Group and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) has introduced a new IEC Welfare shipboard communications solution for the Middle East market. Apart from corporate support functions, IEC Welfare can also provide crew with high-quality, on-demand data access via scratch cards, which can be purchased individually in 1, 5, or 10 GB data bundles or provided by companies as part of their social package. This integrated platform is designed to allow for easy and more affordable access to social networking, online browsing and messaging.
Highlighting the need for companies to implement the right balance between meeting corporate goals and maintaining crew welfare, to maximise operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness, Nabil Ben Soussia, Managing Director, IEC Telecom Middle East, added, “With the introduction of IEC Welfare, companies now have access to a next-generation solution that enhances productivity and improves welfare, while maintaining budgetary control at all times.”
IEC Telecom has also joined forces with Thuraya Mobile Satellite Communications Company, to launch the Thuraya VSAT+ service. Shawkat Ahmed, Chief Commercial Officer, says the launch reflects Thuraya’s continued focus on the maritime sector. “The new VSAT+ service marks an important strategic milestone in our plans, advancing our maritime strategy with the introduction of compelling cost optimisation options,” he adds. Thuraya VSAT+ is expected to improve marine connectivity by increasing offshore bandwidth capabilities and more effectively cater to the demands of multiple applications, including office-at-sea, crew welfare, cargo manifest and fleet operations. It delivers Ku-band VSAT and Thuraya L-band services over all major regional merchant shipping routes, offshore regions and coastal marine areas, the company states.