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Sea Tel and GVF Announce Global Collaboration on Delivery of Marine VSAT Installation Training & Certification


11 January 2012


High-quality marine VSAT terminal deployments are being facilitated through the collaboration of three leading industry organizations on a global online training program. The Global VSAT Forum (GVF), Sea Tel, and SatProf have announced that they will jointly launch a web-based training platform at that enables faster, more cost-effective delivery of operation and installation training for personnel who either utilize or deploy Sea Tel marine VSAT terminals.


Sea Tel Inc of Concord, California, part of Cobham Antenna Systems, and GVF of London, U.K., entered into an agreement to produce on-line Marine VSAT Operation and Installation training courses specifically prepared for Sea Tel’s ’09/’10 series 3-axis marine stabilized VSAT terminal operations and installations. The new on-line courses, which are a complement to GVF’s existing online Satcom Professional Certification training, were prepared by and are hosted by SatProf, Inc., of Huntington Beach, California. The courses feature engineering-accurate tutorials and exercises, including 3-D, interactive simulators.


“High quality service is essential for the marine satellite communications industry. This collaboration takes our commitment to customer support and satisfaction to the next level,” said Peter Broadhurst, Director Sales and Marketing at Sea Tel. “We will issue a Sea Tel Trained Technician Certificate to those who successfully complete the on-line GVF courses and relevant specialized hands-on skills testing. This certification will reinforce technicians’ ability to deliver high-performance satellite communications solutions in the most demanding of environments.”


“These courses are an important addition to GVF’s international certification program,” said David Hartshorn, Secretary General of the GVF. “In addition to the installation training, we are collaborating on an Operator’s training course that will better support and train the crew members who remain on board and are responsible for the terminal after the installation field engineer has left the vessel.”


The VSAT industry relies on a certified installation force for customer satisfaction and prevention of RF interference. All Certified Marine Satcom Professionals are automatically eligible to be listed in the GVF Certified Satcom Professional Database.

The Sea Tel operator course series list price is $275 per student and the installation and maintenance course for field engineers is $725 per student; please contact Sea Tel to learn more about these courses. You can also contact GVF for quantity discounts, developing country discounts, and distributorship license agreements.


GVF is the non-profit association of the satellite communications industry. The organization has been actively developing and providing education and training programs for satellite communications professionals. The addition of Sea Tel training to GVF’s program comes at a time when satellite communications services are being delivered at unprecedented levels, both in developed and developing nations. The Sea Tel and GVF training aims to ensure that the higher volume of installations is conducted with the highest possible level of technical competency.


The Sea Tel training module is a complement to the GVF VSAT Installation & Maintenance Training Course, which is the global industry standard for training installers of bi-directional satellite earth stations. It was created by a consensus of volunteers serving in the GVF Education & Training Working Group (E&TWG), whose mission is to identify, formulate and share knowledge that is beneficial to the VSAT industry, its shareholders and stakeholders.