There is an old saying: you can tell a lot about people by the company they keep. The same can be true for companies and the company they keep. This issue of our newsletter is dedicated to the customers, partners and colleagues who value what we do – and add value to what we do every year.
In August, Speedcast International announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Globecomm from affiliates of HPS Investment Partners, Tennenbaum Capital Partners and other investors. Speedcast is a global provider of mission-critical communications operating a network of teleports in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, North America and Latin America. It has grown fast through a series of acquisitions of companies that have expanded its portfolio of services, its geographic reach and its markets, including Satcomms Australia, ST Teleport, WINS, Ultisat and Harris CapRock.
Speaking of the acquisition, Speedcast CEO Pierre-Jean Beylier said, “Globecomm has built a strong reputation providing remote communications and professional services to key customers in the Government sector, as well as in the Maritime and Enterprise segments. They will strengthen our innovation capabilities with new solutions and strong engineering experience, as well as enhancing our system integration propositions.
“Globecomm,” he added, “strengthens Speedcast’s position serving government customers at a time when government spending globally is expected to rise.”
Globecomm CEO Jason Juranek was equally enthusiastic, seeing it as an opportunity to “join forces with a global leader in remote communications.”
Briese Schiffahrts is a company with a vision, expanding its management of specialist project cargo and heavylift ships in support of ambitious fleet growth plans. To support its smart shipping strategy and ensure its new and existing fleet are connected to shore 24/7, Briese selected the global Ku-band VSAT service from Globecomm Maritime.
The working relationship between Globecomm and Briese goes back 16 years to provision of the first narrowband satcom systems and has relied since then on consistent service provision, competitive pricing and strong after sales support. As technology has evolved, through higher speed L-Band systems to the supply agreement for the VSAT service, Globecomm has remained a trusted partner.
From the first installation, Briese crew saw the value in the technology, prompting successive upgrades to meet the growing demand for bandwidth. Crew internet access is included as a benefit in kind, with Briese paying the airtime bill and issuing vouchers for crew with unlimited data, subject to a fair use policy.
“My argument to management has always been this: don’t think of it just as a cost, think of it as being an additional seafarer onboard who takes care of the welfare of the other guys,” Börchers adds. “Having Globecomm VSAT onboard makes managing demand for crew and our business communications simpler and more efficient.”
Globecomm senior vice president Paul Scardino will lead a panel at Oilcomm in Houston on October 4 titled “The Evolution of Hardware at the Edge.” It explores how hardware manufacturers are trying to make the integration of their products more seamless and adaptive on their own, and why manufacturers are increasingly investing in acquiring innovation through new startups. Joining Paul will executives from long-time partner-vendors of Globecomm, including Drew Klein from C-COM International and Jim Hatcher from Intellian Technologies.
After Oilcomm, Paul will also be speaking at the Satellite Innovation 2018 in Silicon Valley (October 9-12) and the VSAT Congress in Washington (October 15-16). At Satellite Innovation, the Space & Satellite Professionals International will announce its first list of “20 Under 35” people to watch in the industry, and will name Globecomm’s manager of systems engineering, Peter Schimitisch.
Our senior director of product management for maritime, Martin Killian, joins customers and partners at Shipping Insight in Stamford, Connecticut. Martin will speak on the challenges of Digitalization and Cybersecurity on October 17 with executives from Moran Shipping, Arundo Analysts and OSM Maritime. Later the same day, he will join a panel on Connected Ships and Big Data with executives from KVH Industries and other companies.
Globecomm has published a new white paper on communications for the “upstream” operations of oil and gas exploration and production, which typically takes place far from the networks that connect the world. With the oil and gas business on an upswing, it forecasts that increasing drilling and production will drive greater demand for the connectivity on which the modern wellhead depends. The industry’s recent experience with crisis has driven many firms to increase their use of digital technologies to drive greater productivity. Communication service providers are expected to play an important role in helping the industry accelerate the shift to the digital oilfield, where connectivity allows secure, real-time collaboration and the use of data analytics.
There are two fundamental communications requirements: backhaul communications to the enterprise network, public switched telephone network and the internet; and onsite communications connecting workers and, increasingly, equipment that is part of machine-to-machine networks. The white paper offers analysis of the requirements, the options for meeting them and innovations that are delivering higher performance at lower cost.
October 3-4, Houston
WV Energy Expo
October 3-September 3, Morgantown, WV
Satellite Innovation 2018
October 9-11, Mountain View, California, USA
October 15, Washington DC, USA
October 16-18, Stamford, Connecticut, USA
ACI’s Maritime HR & Crew Management Summit
October 24-25, London
November 13-15, Oklahoma City, OK
Globecomm – Recipient of the world’s first Better Satellite World Award.