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Speedcast increases Fleet Xpress commitment

Speedcast has increased its Fleet Xpress installation targets by adding more than 350 ships to its previous commitment to bring approximately 2,000 vessels on to the service by 2021, targeting the energy, cruise and leisure markets in particular.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The additional provision has been agreed to satisfy demand from Speedcast’s more bandwidth-hungry vessels in cruise and leisure markets, the company said, while Inmarsat is also broadening its commercial partnership with Speedcast in the Greek maritime market, further to the strategic alliance formed last summer.

“This is a very important strategic move for Inmarsat,” said Ronald Spithout, president of Inmarsat Maritime.

“Speedcast is one of the leading players in the maritime, land and energy industries and, after the recent acquisition of Harris CapRock, has a huge presence in the offshore and cruise markets. This underlines our increased commitment to Speedcast’s markets by providing high-bandwidth services either via Fleet Xpress with its L-band back-up or directly through a stand-alone Global Xpress service.”

Speedcast recently became the first Inmarsat partner to integrate the digital base platform (formerly known as SoftNSD) into its service offering, to allow Speedcast to offer value added solutions and applications over its own SIGMA Gateway for Fleet Xpress.

“Adding over 350 vessels to our arrangement with Inmarsat across Global Xpress-delivered services demonstrates Speedcast’s confidence in the service,” said Athina Vezyri, EVP of maritime at Speedcast.

“There is a clear willingness from ship owners and operators from multiple segments to make reliable, high-speed connectivity a priority for safe and efficient vessel operation. Inmarsat services, together with the SIGMA Gateway platform that enables innovative new applications, will be one of the key components of our product portfolio.”{/mprestriction}

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