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New generation of FB terminals planned

Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat (left), with Eric Sung, Intellian Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat (left), with Eric Sung, Intellian

Inmarsat and Intellian report that they have signed an outline agreement covering the design and manufacture of a new generation of FleetBroadband terminals, supporting both the existing I-4 satellite network as well as Inmarsat’s planned sixth generation I-6 satellite constellation, the first of which is scheduled for launch in 2020.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The companies said that the next generation terminals will be designed to offer significantly lower costs as well as a host of new capabilities, including much faster throughput speeds.

"Inmarsat has maintained its leadership position for many decades by understanding the maritime industry and focusing our resources on continual innovation," said Ronald Spithout, president of Inmarsat Maritime.

"As we approach the next stage of FleetBroadband’s evolution, we are excited to have partners such as Intellian with a justified reputation for flexible, high quality terminals that are manufactured in the most cost-efficient manner.  We selected Intellian for this project also because of their spirit of innovation and passion."
 
"It is also important to note that along with lower cost hardware and supercharged capabilities, the next generation of FleetBroadband, with the latest core module technology, will provide not just GMDSS but enhanced safety services; continuing to keep seafarers safe wherever they are in the world."

Inmarsat’s sixth generation (Inmarsat-6) satellite constellation will be the first to feature dual-payload satellites, each supporting L-band and Ka-band services.
 
“FleetBroadband has been a market leader for over a decade.  We are delighted to be working closely with Inmarsat on the ground-breaking enhancements that will be delivered through the Inmarsat-6 satellite constellation," said Eric Sung, CEO of Intellian.

"Supported by a portfolio of the most advanced terminals in the world, the new capabilities of FleetBroadband will maintain Inmarsat’s leading position in L-band services in the maritime industry."{/mprestriction}

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