ION and CHE expand satellite internet coverage

ION and CHE have recently announced the decision for the two companies to merge resources, offering internet via satellite users across the world extended services.

Since 1996 Cobbett Hill Earth Station (CHE) has provided numerous countries and industries with land-based internet via satellite services. The earth station is rapidly up and coming having achieved a healthy 27% growth every year. Utilising iDirect’s satellite platform has empowered CHE to offer versatile services which are now migrating to the iDirect Evolution platform. This expansion coupled with high-end ground-station satellite reflectors and RF equipment, means CHE continue to build new networks for ION to stretch maritime internet services by linking to other teleport across the world.

Following the launch in 2007 International Ocean Networks (ION) has been the world’s leading provider for monthly maritime broadband internet services into the white leisure yacht industry from West Coast USA, across the Atlantic to the Middle East. ION has focused on providing its customers with outstanding direct user support enabling them to operate and carry out minor repairs to their own VSAT antennas increasing availability of the ION internet connection.

ION and CHE are working from strategic plans to implement services impacting the maritime industry across the world. By integrating CHE’s iDirect Evolution platform with ION’s existing networks, they expect to offer our clients faster broadband internet at sea at no extra cost.

In 2007 ION rapidly identified that superior end user support was the key to ever increasing popularity and to achieve increased percentage of internet availability to the end user. As a result ION and CHE plan to incorporate the teleports existing 24 hour manned Network Operations Centre (NOC) into ION’s infrastructure. This ensures that regardless of time zones or shift patterns, their clients will always have access to an escalating tiered support structure of trained staff.

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