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Inmarsat and Ericsson sign connected ship agreement

Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat

Inmarsat and Ericsson have signed a strategic maritime agreement will see the two companies jointly develop satellite and application integration packages to connect ships at sea with services in the Cloud and on shore.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}As a first step, Ericsson has signed a distribution contract to offer XpressLink, Inmarsat’s combined L-band and Ku-band VSAT network for the maritime market, which will be extended to Fleet Xpress when Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network enters global commercial service.

The new strategic relationship will also pave the way for integration between Ericsson’s Maritime ICT Cloud and connectivity delivered over Inmarsat’s satellite communications network, including both Ka- and L-band.

This will apply to Ericsson’s recently announced deal with U-Ming Marine Transport Corporation of Taiwan, with the connectivity element of the services provided to use Inmarsat’s satellite networks.

Ericsson’s Maritime ICT Cloud is a managed cloud solution that connects vessels at sea to shore-based operations, including maintenance service providers, customer support centres, port operations and authorities.

“With Fleet Xpress, the world’s first mobile hybrid Ka-/L-band high-speed broadband service, embedded in and enabling world-class solutions from Ericsson, we are re-defining maritime connectivity. This transformational agreement will open up opportunities for vessel operators and managers to capture intelligent data immediately,” said Ronald Spithout, president of Inmarsat Maritime.

“Everyone is talking about ‘big data’, but eventually it is the deployment of applications on board and the end-to-end management of integrated intelligence that will ultimately change the way the maritime industry operates; making it more efficient, greener and unlocking greater value.”

“We are happy that the reliability of the Inmarsat constellation of satellites and operational standards are recognised as the best fit in the Ericsson roadmap of integrated services.”{/mprestriction}

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