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Stratos confirms availability of Inmarsat satellite phones

  • Friday, 05 October 2007 | News

Stratos has confirmed that it is to make Inmarsat's new Satellite Phone Services commercially available later this month. The services are available in mobile, fixed-land and fixed-maritime packages, and offer high-quality voice (2.4 kbps) connectivity via small, affordable equipment.

The product that will be marketed to the shipping industry, the FleetPhone, is a fixed maritime terminal that offers voice services only (rather than the voice and data capabilities of the other handsets).

Global coverage for the FleetPhone will be dependent on the launch of the third Inmarsat I-4 satellite, currently scheduled for March / April 2008. This satellite will cover the Pacific Ocean Region (POR) and will also complete global coverage for the new FleetBroadband satellite communications system.

Stratos president and CEO Jim Parm said, "With the availability of Inmarsat Satellite Phone Services, we expect to meet the communications requirements of thousands of new customers."

"These users will find the new phone equipment is reliable and easy to use, and the airtime is affordable. They will also derive a host of important benefits to ensure cost control, financial savings and maximum performance."

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