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Commercial introduction of Fleet Xpress begins

Inmarsat has announced the full commercial launch of Fleet Xpress, the maritime broadband service operating over its Global Xpress Ka-band network, backed by L-band FleetBroadband as a back-up.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}“Fleet Xpress is a ground-breaking new service that will shape communications at sea beyond recognition,” said Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Maritime president.

“Through Fleet Xpress, ship owners and operators can experience unparalleled levels of performance and simplicity.”

“It will provide the guaranteed high-speed connectivity that is essential to support the safest and most efficient vessel operations, anywhere in the world. While, in parallel, it will match the personal connectivity needs of even the most demanding modern seafarer, delivering services previously available only on shore.”

A fully integrated service, Fleet Xpress will switch automatically between Ka-band and L-band as required, offering a committed information rate backed-up by service level agreements.

Vessels will require a 1m or 60cm Global Xpress antenna and terminal to connect to the service, offered by Intellian, JRC and Cobham SATCOM, as well as a FleetBroadband terminal (either FleetBroadband 500 or FleetBroadband 250).

A Network Service Device (NSD) is also required, which manages bandwidth and traffic flow through the terminals, and connects to an Inmarsat Gateway user interface for service configuration and management functionality, such as setting access rights for different user groups.

Inmarsat is working with a number of partners to deliver Fleet Xpress into the market, including Network Innovations, Marlink and SingTel, with additional partners expected to complete the Fleet Xpress “on-boarding” process in the coming months.

“At Marlink we have successfully interconnected our HTS-ready network to the GX network,” said Tore Morten Olsen, president maritime, Marlink.

“This demonstrates our readiness to deliver end-to-end, managed services to customers that combines seamless GX connectivity with our Value Added Solutions and our XChange service delivery platform.”{/mprestriction}

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