Inmarsat announces new high-speed maritime connectivity service

by | 4th June 2023 | The Naval Architect - News, Technology

Home News Inmarsat announces new high-speed maritime connectivity service

Inmarsat Maritime president Ben Palmer

Inmarsat Maritime has introduced its new Fleet Reach coastal LTE service for maritime connectivity that will enable “uninterrupted access to high-speed connections, even when docked in ports”.

The new service, which is optimised by Fleet Xpress, forms part of Inmarsat ORCHESTRA, the satellite company’s ‘network of networks’ which uses multiple technologies in multiple orbits to deliver connectivity wherever and whenever it is needed.

This will enable faster speeds and increased signal strength when sailing near coasts or docked in port. Meaning that seafarers can enjoy consistent connectivity wherever the vessel is, with the service seamlessly switching between technologies to ensure an always-on connection.

Fleet Reach also comes with security credentials which are better than the existing method of using dongles for connectivity when in-port. This means customers can maintain security standards and policies company-wide, without increased risk of cybersecurity threats.

Ben Palmer, president, Inmarsat Maritime, says: “The power of Inmarsat’s multi-technology, multi-orbit ORCHESTRA platform is the backbone behind this seismic change in coastal connectivity, taking advantage of our world-class GX constellation as well as terrestrial technologies.

“Five more Global Xpress satellite payloads and the three recently announced Inmarsat-8 L-band satellites are set to enter service over the coming years to bolster this connectivity and the certainty it brings even further. We look forward to seeing the maritime sector reap the rewards of this consistent, reliable connectivity.”

Fleet Reach is available on regional plans for vessels operating in one region, or multi-regional plans for those sailing around the world.

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