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Chinese order for Beam satphones

Beam Communications reports that it has received an initial order worth US$170,000 from a China-based satellite communications company for its Oceana range of Inmarsat-powered vessel phones.

This initial order follows a commitment by the Chinese company to undertake a short trial deploying 200 Beam Oceana 400 and Oceana 800 marine communications terminals on fishing vessels in China, using the Inmarsat FleetPhone Service.

The trial will deploy 100 of the Beam Oceana 400 terminals and 100 of the Beam Oceana 800 terminals.

These terminals were specifically designed to support the voice, data and tracking communications available over the Inmarsat satellite network via its FleetPhone maritime service.

A relatively short trial period is expected and Beam says that its Chinese partner plans to commit to a minimum further order of 1,000 units for expansion of the trial to the broader maritime market in China.

“This is a major breakthrough for Beam into the Chinese maritime market,” said Michael Capocchi, managing director, Beam Communications.

“We are delighted to be working with a key strategic partner in China, which further reinforces Beam’s position as a leading global provider of satellite communication solutions for both the Inmarsat and Iridium satellite networks.”

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