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Thome agrees FleetBroadband deal

Singapore-based Thome Ship Management is to implement Inmarsat's FleetBroadband system on its ships following a deal with AND Group, which also includes delivery of AND's IPSignature2 communications software.

Under the new framework agreement, AND Group becomes the exclusive communications provider to Thome for FleetBroadband and will deliver the service through a combination of pricing packages, including Inmarsat's Very Large Allowance (VLA) offering.

The terminals will be mostly FB500s, though FB250 units will be provided to some Thome ships.

“We looked at the range of options for connecting our fleet and selected FleetBroadband from Inmarsat and AND Group because of its scalability,” said Ryan Dalgado, procurement & supply chain manager for Thome Ship Management.

“This new deal provides plans for heavy users within our fleet and smaller packages for less intensive use. It gives us options for all vessel types, and with a large and diverse fleet like ours, that level of flexibility was very attractive.”

“We liked the fact that the experience and reliability of the FleetBroadband service was consistently good. The addition of AND's IPSignature2 service, offering simple and effective cost control tools, made it a powerful proposition.”

The IPSignature2 software being provided is used to manage ship-based e-mail, internet access and other data applications, allowing analysis and control of the usage and cost of data movements to and from the vessel.

AND says that this should help to increasing network efficiencies as well as creating cost savings.

"We are extremely honoured to be selected as the exclusive service provider of Inmarsat FleetBroadband services for Thome Ship Management," said Mary Baey, CEO of AND IPSignature (Singapore).

"We believe our appointment will allow Thome Ship Management to streamline their communications and benefit from the synergy of Inmarsat and AND Group services deployed across the fleet."

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