The Dubai-based company says that its MBB provides standard IP throughput at speeds of up to 444 kbps. For comparison, Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband 500 is capable of 432 kbps speeds.
However, Thuraya’s geographic coverage is not as wide as Inmarsat’s. Thuraya’s satellites cover the busy routes between Asia and Europe, as well as the Middle East, though not transatlantic routes and trade in the Americas. Inmarsat’s satellites cover the whole globe, with the sole exception of the poles.
The price plans for MBB are initially available bundled with the Thuraya IP broadband terminal and a Spacecom IP321 antenna.
MBB has been certified to work with value added services provided by Thuraya’s service partners, who can set up optimised email and web browsing, VPN, VOIP, Instant Messaging and M2M applications.
“Thuraya MBB provides the shipping industry with the robust, value-for-money option that it has been seeking,” said Thuraya’s director of market development for MarineComms Kyle Hurst. “Combining competitive airtime, tried and tested hardware and a reliable L-band network, means users no longer have to choose between quality and value.”
Thuraya’s director of marketing T. Sanford Jewett added: “MBB from Thuraya MarineComms offers a flexible solution, regardless of whether users are looking for high or low volume usage or for a reliable backup.”
Thuraya says that its network features the most powerful L-band satellites currently available to maritime users. It explains that it uses dynamic resource allocation to ensure that traffic congestion is minimised in areas of high communications volume, such as major ports or busy shipping lanes.