SOURCE: Emerging Markets Communications

Emerging Markets Communications

September 23, 2013 09:07 ET

Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) Acquires STM and Its Entities Global IP and Vodanet Brasil

Acquisition Creates a Unique Satellite Communications Offering for Key Verticals in Strategic Worldwide Locations

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwired - Sep 23, 2013) - Emerging Markets Communications (EMC), a global satellite and terrestrial communications solution provider and satcom technology manufacturer, announced today that is has acquired STM and its affiliate entities Global IP and Vodanet Brasil. Global IP is a global satellite connectivity services provider, specializing in the mobility, maritime and oil and gas markets. Vodanet serves as an operating company in Brasil, and is fully licensed to provide VSAT services both onshore and offshore. STM is a leading hardware manufacturing company for the satellite industry with proven experience developing high quality and bandwidth-efficient, VSAT products based on the DVB-RCS2 standard. The combined organization has over 20 years of industry experience in 150 countries with over 150,000 VSAT terminals deployed in to service.

EMC's unique satellite connectivity offering now includes a global C-band and Ku-band footprint for high availability enterprise networks with the largest number of wholly-owned field support locations in the industry. EMC owns and manages 32, in-country field support centers worldwide. These support centers are staffed with EMC-certified engineers, spare parts, test equipment and manage all logistics in deploying, maintaining and repairing services for onshore and offshore customers.

"STM, Global IP and Vodanet Brasil bring significant value to EMC's portfolio of services and capabilities, complementing our infrastructure, technology and vision of delivering a fully integrated solution to customers in the most remote locations worldwide," said Abel Avellan, Founder and CEO, Emerging Markets Communications. "We are very excited about leveraging our combined capabilities and new positioning to address the growing mobility and maritime markets. The collective STM entities' expertise in providing network services in key verticals, particularly offshore and mobility, combined with its innovative satellite technology are tremendous assets to EMC and STM customers."

Vertical Expertise

EMC's expanded customer base and vertical expertise includes oil and gas, maritime, telecom, governments, NGOs, mobile operators and corporate enterprises. Oil and gas customers in onshore, offshore and maritime segments have VSAT installations in the Gulf of Mexico, Brasil, West Africa, the North Sea, as well as the Indian and Pacific oceans.

Additional mobility customers include fishing boats, ferries, high-speed trains and helicopters. These customers leverage EMC's wholly-owned support centers and global Ku-band and C-band networks to maximize their business performance on land, in the air or at sea.

Strategic Geographic Locations

EMC's additional geographic locations broaden its reach in servicing customers worldwide. In addition to being the largest VSAT provider in Africa, EMC now has a solidified presence in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Indonesia, creating a complete global network with 32 wholly-owned support centers worldwide.

In Brasil, a key market for oil and gas, EMC is now one of the only global providers with a direct Anatel-approved VSAT license for delivering services in the country, both onshore and offshore. EMC also has in-country teleport infrastructure and field support offices in Rio, Sao Pablo, Brasilia and Bello Horizonte, equipped with engineers to quickly respond to customer demands. In Brasil, EMC has approximately 8,000 VSAT terminals in service for the oil and gas, telecom, and government industries. 

Technology Leader

EMC's research and development facilities in United States and India, and its 18 patented technologies, combined with STM's research and development facilities in Norway and innovative design and manufacturing of high quality, bandwidth-efficient satellite systems, positions EMC as a leading provider of the DVB-RCS2 standard.

EMC's patented bandwidth technology will optimize the SatLink™ networking system in providing IP-based voice, data, interactive video, mobility and Coms-On-The-Move (COTM) solutions for mobility customers and SatLink™ users in general.

About EMC

Emerging Markets Communications, Inc. (EMC) is a global satellite and terrestrial communications company specializing in delivering mission-critical, network services for the global energy industry, maritime, mobile network operators, carriers, governments, NGOs and worldwide enterprises with locations in the most remote and/or challenging areas of the world. As a proven industry leader, EMC enables customers the agility, scalability and efficiency designed to facilitate growth for their global operations. The company operates in 150 countries, with 32 global field support centers and wholly-owned infrastructure of teleports and terrestrial pops in US, Europe and Africa. EMC is financially backed by ABRY Partners; a firm specialized in funding the communications industry with $36 billion of completed transactions.

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