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shipznet gets over 1,000 seafarers in 6 months

German developer bobz reports that the crew tool of its shipznet near-shore communications system has been adopted by over 1,000 seafarers within six months of its introduction.

shipznet provides internet connectivity via mobile communications networks. It offers data speeds of up to 20 Mbps by utilising HSPA+/UMTS technology and is available for a monthly flat rate, without any additional roaming costs.

The equipment consists of a small above-deck unit with two antennas and a below-deck unit which serves as router and power supply for the above-deck unit.

shipznet provides connectivity near shore and in harbours, which the company says can be used to complement FleetBroadband or Iridium systems, though the crew package can also be a stand-alone solution.

Seafarers can communicate with family and friends by using vouchers. Bobz says that should the voucher credit be used up, it can be recharged with the shipping company or the Master, without the need to search for a local provider of pre-paid SIM cards.

“Since the introduction of our shipznet service almost six months ago, we could inspire over 1,000 users worldwide with the crew solution. Seafarers can finally access the internet conveniently near shore or send e-mails to family and friends,” says Claudia Bobzin, managing director of bobz.

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