Cobham SATCOM and Furuno have signed a major strategic partnership agreement at the SMM 2014 exhibition in Hamburg, Germany. Under the new agreement, Cobham SATCOM will provide its SAILOR 900 VSAT Ku-/Ka-band system and forthcoming SAILOR Global Xpress antennas for integration in Furuno’s established maritime VSAT portfolio.
Muneyuki Koike, managing director of Furuno commented, “Cobham SATCOM will support Furuno to meet growing demand in the market for reliable VSAT systems. SAILOR 900 VSAT is a modern, field proven antenna system that will provide reliable services for our customers in addition to being a straightforward installation proposition, which is vital for both the new build and upgrade markets. Based on our experience of SAILOR 900 VSAT, we are confident that new SAILOR GX antennas will provide the same high reliability and easy installation. Our partnership is not limited to OEM supply and we fully expect to realise the synergies between Furuno and Cobham SATCOM to the benefit of our customers.”
Furuno selected Cobham SATCOM as its VSAT OEM partner following a comprehensive testing period. The signing of the contract represents the company’s satisfaction with not only the in-service performance and ease of installation offered by SAILOR 900 VSAT, but Cobham SATCOM’s extensive global support network and its position as a financially stable and technically proficient maritime communication technology specialist.
Casper Jensen, VP of Cobham SATCOM added, “We are delighted to take these first steps as a strategic partner to Furuno. The partnership will support our penetration in the commercial vessel new build market, especially with Asian shipyards, where Furuno is a strong player. With SAILOR VSAT antennas as part of its technology base, Furuno will be well positioned to meet the predicted growth in the need for high quality maritime VSAT antenna systems.”
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