Cobham SATCOM reports that it has passed the milestone of delivering its 50,000th SAILOR FleetBroadband terminal, ten years after the system was launched in parallel with Inmarsat’s L-band maritime satcom service in 2007.
Inmarsat is to supply five Fleet One units to a pilot initiative looking to change the way ships connecting island communities in the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu communicate, part of an IMO-endorsed capacity building programme based on co-operation between the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) and the Government of Vanuatu.
Inmarsat has confirmed the successful launch of the fourth satellite in its Global Xpress (GX) constellation, which will be used to augment the existing global three-satellite communications network already in operation.
The AST Group has improved its satellite communications offering with the provisioning of a new network point of presence (POP) in 60 Hudson St, New York, as part of its INTEGRA global IP network.
Greece-based Thenamaris Ship Management has begun a fleet-wide rollout of Inmarsat’s Ka-band Fleet Xpress (FX) service following the agreement of a contract with satellite communications provider Navarino.
IMO’s continuing process of modernising GMDSS has seen delegates at a Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) Sub-Committee meeting in March put Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband system forward to undergo technical assessment by IMSO (International Mobile Satellite Organization) pursuant to future inclusion as a compliant service, with a report to be provided for consideration by the next NCSR in 2018.
Hapag-Lloyd has agreed a five-year deal with Inmarsat to migrate approximately 80 owned ships to services enabled for Fleet Xpress.
Fleet Management Limited (FML), which manages a fleet of over 400 vessels of various types with more than 14,000 crew, reports that it has upgraded all vessels previously equipped with Inmarsat’s XpressLink Ku-band service to the Ka-band Fleet Xpress service, and expects to roll out Fleet Xpress to the majority of its fleet globally by 2018.
Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce says that he is aiming to introduce 10 Mbps services on FleetBroadband in the early part of the next decade, once the company has completed the launch of its Inmarsat-6 generation of satellites.
Inmarsat has signed a service and installation agreement with Radio Holland to support migration of customers from Ku-based XpressLink to Fleet Xpress services. The non-exclusive agreement is in addition to Inmarsat’s existing service partner and VAR arrangements, and aims to draw on the Radio Holland support network to accelerate the installation of Fleet Xpress on a global scale.
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