IDEX 2015

Maritime communications network for Oman [IDX15VP]

22 February 2015

Qnective Middle East, through local partner Al-Madakhel Investment LLC, has been contracted to build and operate a new maritime communications network in Oman.

The project will be delivered in conjunction with strategic partner Frequentis, which will take responsibility for implementing the technical infrastructure.

Under the terms of the contract, Oman will receive a state-of-the-art maritime communications network built upon the GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) standard, ensuring that local authorities can access critical data regarding the identity, cargo and routing of all vessels in the waters off Oman.

The Maritime Radio-communications Operations Centre (MROC) in Muscat will deliver a variety of coastal surveillance services. Alongside a wide range of GMDSS services, Qnective Middle East offers NAVTEX broadcasts, VHF, MF and HF radio telephony, and Digital Selective Calling in all sea areas around Oman. The service portfolio is complemented by an integrated automatic identification system (AIS), which identifies and tracks vessels and further enhances the security of vessels at sea.

Frequentis is supplying the communications infrastructure for the operations centre and other maritime facilities. This includes its MCS 3020 IP communication system and tracking and tracing information system, 200 VHF and 22 MF/HF radios, 25 VHF radio direction-finders, 25 AIS base stations with ship equipment for 15,000 vessels, two NAVTEX transmitters, INMARSAT-C and a COSPAS-SARSAT ground station.

The First Class A-Licence for the building and operation of the GMDSS system over a 15-year period was awarded to Qnective’s partner company, Al-Madakhel. Qnective (Stand A-040) will be the sole operator throughout this period.

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