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Fleet One goes Global

Inmarsat has launched Fleet One Global, an extension of its existing Fleet One service designed to offer basic voice and data connectivity to low-end users in the maritime market.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The service offers 100kbps voice and data at one global rate, running on Inmarsat’s L-band satellite network.

“Fleet One Global offers voice, data services and uninterrupted access to the internet, all based on user need and at performance levels that are consistent across all regions,” said Shane Rossbacher, vice president of product management, Inmarsat Maritime.

“It brings a unified offer and cost transparency to sections of the shipping market, including deep sea fishing, river-sea ships, offshore support vessels, coasters and ferries that have been at the mercy of hidden roaming and usage costs.”

The service is being aimed at users that may only require satellite communications access seasonally or for occasional voyages, or only when they sail out of VHF or GSM coverage, and as such are not best suited for a subscription package.

The Fleet One Global service includes pre- and post- paid options and monthly reviews for upgrade/downgrade. Commitment periods are negotiable, Inmarsat says, while the service can even be deactivated at no extra cost.

Voice calls, IP connectivity and standard 160 character SMS e-mail messaging for crew are available over the various antenna and below-deck units built by Inmarsat’s manufacturing partners, each of which weighs no more than 2.8kg.

“All segments of commercial shipping deserve the consistency that Inmarsat has been delivering through maritime-specific services for over three decades,” said Mr Rossbacher.

“We continue to invest in the future of connectivity at sea, and Fleet One Global brings the Inmarsat standard of reliability, safety and security to a vital maritime constituency.”

The Fleet One Global service will be offered alongside the Fleet One Coastal service, which will continue to be offered and is aimed at the regional and low-end fishing market.{/mprestriction}

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