Les Sables d'Olonne, France, Nov 7, 2016 - (ABN Newswire) - Speedcast International Limited (ASX:SDA), a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, has provided its two-way secured satellite communication and broadcast services to over 90% of competitors in this years' Vendée Globe Race - one of the toughest sailing events in the world - making Speedcast the number one provider of satellite services for this huge sporting event.

The eighth Vendée Globe Race begins today from Les Sables d'Olonne, France, and is the only non-stop solo race around the world without assistance. This year's event will see 29 skippers representing four continents and ten nations setting sail on IMOCA 60s in pursuit of beating François Gabart's record time of 78 days, 2 hours and 16 minutes set in the 2012-13 race.

Speedcast's innovative media transmission solution and value added services have been installed on 27 out of 29 competing vessels, in order to benefit from livestreaming capabilities, monitoring and connectivity.

"When the race first began 27 years ago, we would never have imagined it would be possible to broadcast live from the ocean in such challenging conditions," said Bruno Gicquel, MSS Maritime Director, SpeedCast. "Today, the advances in technology coupled with the unprecedented demand for high-quality, real-time media content have made this possible. Using our world class satellite communications solution, coupled with the Speedcast Clipway technology, developed by SpeedCast's R&D team, we have created an innovative offering that is enabling us to meet this unprecedented demand."

Speedcast's Clipway will play a big role as the solution will allow the Race Headquarters, family members and the general audience to watch the race in real time. Clipway can store, forward and livestream broadcast quality video and can accept all broadcasting formats, including HD, SDI and GoPro, which differentiates it from competing technologies.

Piers Cunningham, Vice President, Maritime Services, SpeedCast commented: "To be able to provide our satellite communication solutions to so many competitors at this incredibly challenging event is a great accolade for us at SpeedCast and is a testament to the breadth of product offerings we have in the Maritime industry."

About Speedcast International Ltd:
Speedcast International Ltd (ASX:SDA) is a leading global satellite communications and network service provider that is redefining connectivity around the world. Driven by its customer-first mindset and passion for leveraging communications technology to advance the government and enterprise customers it serves, Speedcast has built an unsurpassed global satellite network and has expanded its infrastructure and presence to 42 sales and operations offices and 39 teleports across every region in the world.

Operating on the core belief that it's the people behind the technology that makes the difference, Speedcast combines deep expertise with fast, reliable, genuine service-ensuring that its customers' communications needs are always met; anytime and anywhere in the world. For more information, visit www.speedcast.com.