Inmarsat targets maritime sector
Satellite service provider Inmarsat is to launch a global connectivity solution to support the maritime industry.
Its Fleet Xpress solution is said to offer global connectivity for maritime customers using the Global Xpress Ka-band network, which will be ready for commercial services in the second half of 2015.
Between now and the launch of the Global Xpress network, Inmarsat has launched its FleetBroadband Xtra service which is said to offer high-speed broadband connectivity to maritime customers. The service uses overlay capacity from the first Global Xpress satellite (Inmarsat-5 F1) in the Indian Ocean region, and will be expanded to include additional Ka-band capacity as the next two satellites enter commercial service.
“Our services are designed to provide seamless mobility and high-speed broadband for ship-to-shore communications,” said Peter Broadhurst, VP of service development, Inmarsat Maritime. “With the introduction of FleetBroadband Xtra and – when our GX constellation is complete – Fleet Xpress, we are providing customers with consistently higher bandwidth communications which will increase operational efficiency whilst also providing exclusive access to specialist maritime applications and content through our Inmarsat Gateway.”