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Maritime GSM data service from Globecomm

The service works within 30 miles of cell towers in approximately 140 countries The service works within 30 miles of cell towers in approximately 140 countries

Globecomm has launched a maritime GSM service called Globecomm Roam, offering 3G, 4G and LTE data services at speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The system bundles a cellular modem, global roaming SIM card and maritime antenna to enable connectivity up to 30 miles from shoreside cell towers. It has been designed to interface with Globecomm’s Nimbus network management smartbox, to manage switching between satellite and cellular services.

“Today’s smarter ship operations call for smarter communications; owners and managers need to stay connected, but they also need choice and to control their costs,” said Globecomm Maritime president Malcolm McMaster.

“Combining robust hardware with airtime bundles that can manage access and expenditure, Globecomm Roam is a solution that combines flexibility with functionality, meaning ships never need be out of touch.”

Globecomm says it has partnered with a global cellular service provider to enable access via a single SIM card, with a range of different monthly bundles available.

“While cellular roaming services can be lower cost than L-band satellite services, the higher throughput capabilities can also lead to higher volume consumption. We have solved this problem by limiting cellular consumption to a fixed monthly fee depending on the plan selected,” added Mr McMaster.{/mprestriction}

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