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EUKOR signs up for Global Xpress service

Intellian GX100 terminal onboard EUKOR Car Carrier Intellian GX100 terminal onboard EUKOR Car Carrier

Inmarsat and Intellian have announced a deal with EUKOR Car Carriers that will provide the Korean shipping company with Ka-band VSAT connectivity over Inmarsat’s new Global Xpress (GX) network.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Intellian’s GX100 terminals will be used to equip 27 vessels with regional connectivity in the Indian Ocean Region for the time being, with EUKOR moving on to the full Fleet Xpress service on a global basis once all three GX satellites are live and operational.

“Operational efficiency, vessel safety and environmental performance is at the heart of EUKOR’s business operations. The eventual installation of Fleet Xpress on 27 of our vessels represents another step in optimising our fleet across these areas,” commented a EUKOR spokesperson.

“The decision to prepare our vessels now, not only means that our fleet will have immediate access to Fleet Xpress as soon as it becomes available but that our vessels are already able to access Global Xpress capability when operating in certain geographical areas.”

“With a worldwide network connecting over 220 ports, truly global connectivity is essential for positioning us to best meet our customers’ needs now and in the years to come.”

Fleet Xpress is an integrated Ka-band / L-band service mixing GX access with FleetBroadband connectivity where Ka-band is unavailable.

Until GX enters global commercial service, the EUKOR vessels will be able to access Ka-band services within the coverage area of the first Inmarsat-5 GX satellite which covers the Indian Ocean Region. Outside of this area, switchover to L-band services, utilising Inmarsat’s existing Inmarsat-4 (L-band) network, will occur.

“We are delighted that EUKOR has made the decision to invest in our latest high-throughput, high-speed Global Xpress service. The third satellite in the Global Xpress constellation required to deliver worldwide coverage was successfully launched at the end of August and we will see full global coverage in the coming months.” said Ronald Spithout, president Inmarsat Maritime.

“For ship operators, the days of trying to work around a patchwork of different VSAT networks with fluctuating service availability and quality are over. Fleet Xpress, the maritime variant of Global Xpress, redefines what’s possible for maritime communications through the availability of higher bandwidth on a consistent, end-to-end global basis.”

“The commercial maritime sector has been excited about this type of connectivity for some time because it has the potential to transform shipboard life and we see the EUKOR deal as a major step forward in its expected adoption across the maritime fleet.”

Intellian offer both 1m and 60cm class GX terminals, with EUKOR set to install the 1-metre variant.

The systems comprise one antenna above deck and a single Below Deck Terminal (BDT), with a built-in GX modem. The unit is Wi-Fi enabled, has an 8 port ethernet switch and integrated AC power supply, and a front panel touch display.

The systems are delivered to ships crated with fast-release hinge pins, with pre-slung lifting straps on the radome.

“We are delighted to be involved with EUKOR’s decision to introduce latest generation satellite communications to vessels in its fleet and as one of only three approved terminal suppliers for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network, it is a great privilege to have been selected to partner on this commercial maritime contract,” said Eric Sung, Intellian president and CEO.

“The move demonstrates the importance of state-of-the-art communications to progressive shipping companies. Broadband connectivity is no longer merely a ‘nice-to-have’: it is essential for efficient shipboard management and crew welfare and we see this contract as one of many.”{/mprestriction}

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