JUNE 5, 2016 — Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L) has launched Fleet One Global; a simple, cost effective service designed to offer basic voice and data connectivity to the maritime market.
Traditionally, satellite communications have often not been considered a cost effective option for vessels with low data needs. Owners have not wanted to be tied in to subscription costs for a service they might only need seasonally or for occasional voyages, or only when they sail out of VHF or GSM coverage.
With cost efficiency and subscription flexibility designed to offer value for money to users of all telecoms experience levels, the Fleet One Global service includes prepaid and postpaid options and monthly reviews for upgrade/downgrade. Commitment periods are negotiable and the service can even be deactivated at no extra cost – perfect for seasonal usage requirements
.Available via the Inmarsat L-band satellite network, Fleet One Global offers voice calls, IP rates of up to 100 kbps and standard 160 character SMS email messaging for crew. No specialist skills are needed to install the low-cost and compact antenna and below-deck units from manufacturing partners, each of which weighs no more than 2.8 kg.
Inmarsat says that Fleet One Global achieves 99.9% uptime worldwide, ensuring that ships are never out of range for voice calls, business emails, text-based crew emailing, electronic chart synching, updated vessel routing, weather forecasting and planned maintenance information wherever ships operate.
"Fleet One Global offers voice, data services and uninterrupted access to the internet, all based on user need and at performance levels that are consistent across all regions," said Shane Rossbacher, Vice President of Product Management, Inmarsat Maritime. "It brings a unified offer and cost transparency to sections of the shipping market, including deep sea fishing, river-sea ships, offshore support vessels, coasters and ferries that have been at the mercy of hidden roaming and usage costs.
"All segments of commercial shipping deserve the consistency that Inmarsat has been delivering through maritime-specific services for over three decades. We continue to invest in the future of connectivity at sea, and Fleet One Global brings the Inmarsat standard of reliability, safety and security to a vital maritime constituency."
The Fleet One Global service will be offered alongside the Fleet One Coastal service which will continue to be offered and is aimed at the regional and low-end fishing market.