Tata Group’s Nelco enters maritime communication service business

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on September 26, 2019

(From Right) Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice with Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Minister of State for Communications, Electronics & HRD and P J Nath, MD & CEO, Nelco at the launch of Maritime Communications Services in Mumbai. Photo: Paul Noronha   -  BusinessLine

Nelco Ltd, a Tata Group company, has entered the maritime communication services business, a segment now dominated globally by Nasdaq-listed KVH Industries, Inc.

The VSAT solutions provider, 50.1 per cent owned by Tata Power Company Ltd, will offer broadband services to support those at sea by providing access to voice, data and video services to sailing vessels, cruise liners and coastal vessels using satellite technology, PJ Nath, Managing Director and CEO, told a media conference here.

Through global partnerships, infrastructure including transponder capacity on satellite of ISRO and service portfolio, Nelco aims to help energy, cargo and cruise vessels enhance operational efficiency, improve crew welfare and customer services, said the firm.

Nelco has a licence from the government for In-flight and Maritime Communication (IFMC) to offer voice and internet services while flying over Indian skies and sailing in Indian waters, both for international and Indian aircraft and vessels.

Related news: NELCO gets in-flight, maritime connectivity licence from DoT

The IFMC licence program, announced by the government in December 2018, seeks to liberalise satellite communications services in the country. Nelco is the first Indian company to offer communication services to the maritime sector in Indian waters.

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Published on September 13, 2019

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