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Inmarsat broadband extended in Europe

Inmarsat broadband extended in Europe

17 Aug 2016

The extension of Fleet Xpress will reach across the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Barents Sea and Baltic Sea

The extension of Fleet Xpress will reach across the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Barents Sea and Baltic Sea

Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress high-speed broadband is being extended in Northern Europe, in order to reach the fishing and offshore support vessel market.

Launched at the end of March 2016, Inmarsat Maritime’s Fleet Xpress service sets a new standard in broadband maritime communications achieving high levels of reliable high speed connectivity and exceptional performance across the world’s oceans.

“We prioritised this region as a focus for region-specific roll-out after listening to the needs of our customers,” said Ronald Spithout, president, Inmarsat Maritime.

“The new plans will enable fishing companies to realise the power of ‘big data’ and to take advantage of revolutionary new applications that together will maximise vessel performance and help save operational cost.”

He pointed out that there are a number of fishing vessels in the region, such as the MS Smaragd, that are currently migrating from XpressLink, Inmarsat’s Ku-band service to Fleet Xpress, and will be able to benefit from higher speeds and higher capacity in the region.

The extension of Fleet Xpress will reach across the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Barents Sea and Baltic Sea.

More reliable connectivity will also address welfare issue for crews. Commercial fishing crews have a close affinity with mobile technology – on average bringing three devices each on board.

Mr Spithout added: “For mariners working in some of the most demanding conditions at sea, links to friends and family are vital, while Internet access alleviates boredom during downtime.”

The new segment specific plans will be announced in Q4 2016.

Inmarsat will be at the Nor-Fishing 2016 conference and exhibition being held in Trondheim, Norway from August 16 to 19.

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Source: worldfishing