Our History

Marlink has more than 75 years of experience in developing business critical solutions for customers operating in remote environments at sea and on land. We are an early adopter of mobile satellite services (MSS), have founded maritime VSAT services 25 years ago and have pioneered the first land VSAT networks in Africa more than 20 years ago. Today, we are the number 1 maritime VSAT provider and offer our customers best-fit bundled solutions combining L, C, Ku and Ka-band services with our innovative suite of value added services.

History
Highlights
2016
Marlink connect smarter anywhere

Strong consolidation as Marlink

Marlink rebrands as a stand-alone company for both Maritime and Enterprise businesses.

2014

Airbus decides to identify more suitable owner to develop commercial satcom business

2012
Astrium logo with satellite dish on background

Apax Partners sells Vizada to Astrium. Creation of Astrium Services Business Communications combining Vizada, Marlink, Vizada Networks, TDCOM and London Satellite Exchange

2011
2010
London Satellite Exchange logo

Inmarsat partner award as a solutions innovator for the merchant shipping market

2007
Vizada logo

Apax Partners acquires FTMSC and Telenor Satellite Services and forms Vizada

2006
2002
Marlink logo

Telenor Satellite Services acquires Comsat Mobile Communications and Sait Communications and creates Marlink

2000
Satellite dish and workers

France Telecom creates France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications and acquires DeTeSat, GloCal and TDCom

1999
WelcomE logo printed on blue structure

Telenor Satellite Services (incl. MSS and VSAT services) is created and pioneers maritime VSAT services

1997
Portable satellite dish

Creation of Taide Network with Land VSAT operations in Europe.

1991

Telenor developed and launched first maritime VSAT service

1980

Aussaguel Teleport established

1979

Creation of the International Maritime Satellite Org. (Inmarsat) with Telenor, Comsat and France Telecom as founding partners

1976
Imso logo

Eik teleport established to provide comms to oil platforms in the North Sea

70's
Imso logo

Originally part of Norwegian operator Telenor, we became the first to use satellites for domestic use

1962

COMSAT was created by Comms Satellite Act, with founding board appointed by President Kennedy.

COMSAT helped create the International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium (INTELSAT).

40's

Operator of radio communication network and traffic accounting authority for maritime communication

2015
People with airbus group banner

Number One Maritime VSAT

Marlink and business communications group of Airbus DS nominated N1 VSAT Provider (Comsys Report, NSR Report)

2014
XChange-system

Shipment of 1000th XChange system

Shipment of 1000th XChange system, providing sophisticated communications management to shipping fleets.

2013

New Terralink land VSAT service launched.

2012

VSAT Plus Packages launched as first package in the industry combining Ku-band VSAT with MSS back-up

2011
Pharostar by Vizada

Pharostar maritime VSAT

Vizada launches its Pharostar proprietary VSAT fixed satellite communications service.

2002
iridium logo

Official distributor of Iridium services.

2001
thuraya logo

Official distributor of Thuraya services.

iridium logo

Launch of SkyFile® Mail

Our first and most well-known value-added services to optimize satellite connectivity.

2000