Sydney, Australia – Speedcast International Limited (ASX:SDA), a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, has announced the successful integration of Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service to its global maritime service network. The operational readiness of Fleet Xpress demonstrates SpeedCast’s strength and speed at integrating new technologies, and reaffirming its status as one of the leading players in the maritime industry.
Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service is powered by the Global Xpress Ka-band network, combined with the proven reliability of Inmarsat’s flagship FleetBroadband L-band service for unlimited backup. This together with the Inmarsat Network Services Device (NSD), will be integrated with SpeedCast’s innovative SIGMA Gateway solution, to provide a scalable platform designed to evolve and enable business applications onboard. Earlier this year SpeedCast and Inmarsat announced a strategic partnership to roll out Fleet Xpress to approximately 2,000 vessels over the next five years.
“Fleet Xpress will usher in a new era of reliable, high bandwidth satellite communications across the maritime segment,” said Tim Bailey, SVP, Products and Marketing, SpeedCast. “Ship owners and operators will benefit from the global Ka- and L-band service that Fleet Xpress provides, therefore providing reassurance that their fleet is always connected. The high throughput Fleet Xpress service combined with SpeedCast’s SIGMA solution enables SpeedCast to provide new and exciting technologies to the maritime industry.”
Fleet Xpress delivers high data speeds, continuous connectivity and guaranteed performance, setting a new standard for maritime global communications with crew welfare, regulatory and operational drivers at the heart.
“The successful partnership between Inmarsat and SpeedCast transforms the way its shipping customers operate,” commented Gerbrand Schalkwijk, Chief Sales Officer, Inmarsat Maritime. “Having a reliable, effective and high speed connection is paramount to ship owners and managers wanting to enhance operational effectiveness, IT security, safety and compliance and crew welfare. Fleet Xpress will be fully integrated with SpeedCast’s existing maritime SIGMA Gateway and will open up a host of value added services and applications to further drive efficiencies, ranging from real-time monitoring, remote diagnostics and telemedicine, to security and crew service management tools, among others, taking Fleet Xpress beyond just simple broadband communications. With the added peace of mind SpeedCast’s 24/7 operational support provides, Fleet Xpress delivers the highest levels of service and performance worldwide.”
Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat operates in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (ISAT.L). For more information, please visit http://www.inmarsat.com.
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About Speedcast International Ltd:
SpeedCast International Ltd (ASX:SDA) is a leading global satellite communications and network service provider that is redefining connectivity around the world. Driven by its customer-first mindset and passion for leveraging communications technology to advance the government and enterprise customers it serves, SpeedCast has built an unsurpassed global satellite network and has expanded its infrastructure and presence to 42 sales and operations offices and 39 teleports across every region in the world.
Operating on the core belief that it’s the people behind the technology that makes the difference, SpeedCast combines deep expertise with fast, reliable, genuine serviceensuring that its customers’ communications needs are always met; anytime and anywhere in the world. For more information, visit www.speedcast.com.