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Intellian secures Inmarsat approval for L-band terminals

New FB250 and Fleet One terminals enhance Inmarsat service offering New FB250 and Fleet One terminals enhance Inmarsat service offering

Intellian has received type approval from Inmarsat for its new FB250 and Fleet One L-band terminals. This news makes it one of the first to market with user terminals for operation on Inmarsat’s L-band network, ELERA.

The FB250 is a multi-functional terminal, either acting as a stand-alone primary communications terminal or combining with Intellian’s GX60NX and GX100NX. It is a compact solution for vessel operations, safety, and crew welfare, and offers simultaneous voice and data connectivity up to 284kbps.

The FB250’s features include a built-in firewall, analog and digital voice lines, soft PABX and a WAN port, which will support existing and future terrestrial networks such as 3G/LTE/5G and more.

The new FB250 has been engineered to complement Intellian’s GXNX series of Ka-band antennas. This makes it an ideal solution for newbuild vessels, providing a future-proof solution that is both versatile and cost effective. As a result, the FB250 is expected to be of particular interest to shipyards and boost Intellian’s sales in this sector.

Intellian’s Fleet One terminal represents a lightweight, dependable and affordable solution for simultaneous voice and data connectivity of up to 150kbps on smaller vessels. The terminal is easy-to-install and delivers a reliable voice and data solution, ideal for smaller fishing and leisure vessels.

The FB250 and Fleet One are designed to be robust, compact, lightweight and simple to install, deploying only a single RF cable for connection between the antenna and below deck unit (BDU). The built-in AptusLX management and control software can be accessed using a laptop or smart device via Wi-Fi or LAN, enabling swift and straightforward commissioning and management. The terminals work seamlessly with Inmarsat’s 505 Emergency Calling service; an indispensable free resource which will instantly patch calls directly through to an MRCC (Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre) in the event of an emergency.

“Our new FB250 and Fleet One terminals are the latest products to be launched as a result of our long-standing partnership with Inmarsat,” said Eric Sung, Intellian CEO. “We’re delighted to expand our L-Band portfolio, and deliver the engineering excellence we’re renowned for to FleetBroadband customers. These new terminals provide opportunities for growth in both new and existing markets through the delivery of reliable, cost-effective and feature-rich terminals to customers across all maritime sectors.

“Our terminals will bring an advanced user experience to primary users through new features and capabilities, whilst the FB250 will also enhance our Fleet Xpress offering, combining with our GX60NX and GX100NX to create the future-proof FX solution.”

“We welcome new, innovative products that support the ELERA portfolio of services,” said Gerbrand Schalkwijk, deputy president & COO, Inmarsat Maritime. “These terminals will be an integral part of the L-Band and Fleet Xpress offering. We are excited to be supported by a highly reputable partner such as Intellian, as we prepare for the next wave of world-changing technologies where global reach, extraordinary resilience, faster speeds, and smaller terminals ensure we meet the needs of our customers – today and in the future.”

Both products are available to purchase from Intellian immediately and will be stocked in regional warehouses, providing unparalleled speed of delivery and reduced freight costs to partners and customers.

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