Entry-level broadband arrives for armada of smaller vessels
Large vessel connectivity comes to an armada of small leisure, fishing and merchant vessels with the launch of Inmarsat’s new entry-level FleetBroadband 150 service.
The new service, inaugurated in Miami, Florida, on 11 May, makes broadband communications even more accessible - delivering voice and IP data, plus SMS, up to 150kbps as standard.
Low-cost and with a competitive airtime package, the service supports a new range of FB150 terminals designed for smaller fishing, coastal merchant and leisure vessels with relatively low data requirements.
Weather reportsInmarsat’s maritime market manager Kyle Hurst said: “For smaller leisure vessels, FleetBroadband 150 is ideal for checking weather reports, email and for keeping in touch with the office or home.
“With fishing vessels, it will help them keep a competitive edge by knowing where the fish are and getting them to market at the best price. There are also new regulatory requirements on catch reporting that FleetBroadband 150 will help them meet.”
The new service was launched to customers, distribution partners and the media on a cruise around Biscayne Bay off Miami.
Sig Hansen, captain of one of the fishing vessels featured in the Discovery Channel documentary series Deadliest Catch, and Rick Deppe, a media crew member from the Volvo Ocean Race, currently stopping over in Boston, gave their insights into using FleetBroadband in some of the most challenging conditions at sea.
Inmarsat’s head of maritime business, Piers Cunningham, said: “The FB150 is not big, but it is clever. It is the world’s smallest, lightest and fastest satellite broadband terminal.”
FB150 terminals from Thrane & Thrane and Addvalue are expected to be available from mid June.
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