Voyager IP and National Space Centre win Irish Naval Service Contract
On Thursday 9th July, 2015 at Elfordstown Earthstation in Cork, Mr Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Defence, Agriculture, Food and the Marine, officially launched the new satellite communications service to the Irish Naval Fleet provided by the National Space Centre and Voyager IP, the first All-Irish providers to win the contract.
The two companies were awarded the circa €0.5m Naval Service contract earlier this year and will now jointly manage the entire satellite communications service for the Irish Naval Fleet at home and abroad. The new satellite network infrastructure has been configured and new equipment installed across the fleet. Voyager IP is providing the satellite airtime, technical assistance for the onboard systems and a 24 hour helpdesk while the NSC is providing the satellite network infrastructure.
Speaking at the event, Minister Coveney said “It’s great to see Irish companies like National Space Centre and Voyager IP competing for and winning a contract like this. I wish them well for the future. Both companies will pay an important role in supporting the Irish Naval Service with their current humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean.”
The Irish Naval Service has been using satellite communications systems for operational and non-operational purposes for 10 years but up until now, by necessity, it had been managed by overseas providers.
Mark Elliott, managing director of Voyager IP, said, “The provision of satellite broadband services at sea is very different from that on land, it’s technically far more challenging as the user is always moving. We saw a gap in the market for a quality full service marine communications provider and set up Voyager IP to meet that demand. We operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year looking after our clients worldwide.”
Commodore Hugh Tully, Flag Officer Commanding Naval Service, said “The Irish Naval Service is delighted to team up with Irish providers for such a vital part of our infrastructure for seagoing communications.”
Rory Fitzpatrick, chief executive, National Space Centre, said “The provision of satellite communications services to the Irish Naval Service is an exciting contract for National Space Centre. Our location as Europe’s most northerly and most westerly teleport on the Atlantic frontier provides a strategic advantage to our maritime nation. We have invested significantly in developing maritime surveillance and earth observation capacity at Elfordstown Earthstation and look forward to working with the Irish Naval Service.”
Voyager IP specializes in maritime satellite communications solutions and support for white yachts, cruise ships, commercial vessels and offshore platforms globally.