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Inmarsat Launches Fleet LTE Service in North Sea

Logistic News - Published on Tue, 10 Dec 2019

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Inmarsat will extend its service portfolio for customers with the launch of Fleet LTE, following an agreement with subsea fibre and offshore LTE network operator Tampnet. The new service leverages low latency, high data speed communications available via a dedicated Access Point Name (APN) on the Tampnet North Sea LTE network. Primarily aimed at offshore support vessel operators, Fleet LTE could also be used by fishing and ferry service sectors, and has the potential to be extended to other regions, such as the Gulf of Mexico. Customers will be able to access high speed 4G and Fleet Xpress VSAT Ka-band and continuous L-band connectivity within a single, fully managed hybrid package. The unique three-in-one offer delivers 4G, VSAT Ka-band and L-band without the complication of dual billing or the risk of connectivity drop-off.

Agreeing its own APN means Inmarsat can guarantee customers access to LTE services enabled via Tampnet’s 3,000km subsea fibre network.

Inmarsat Fleet LTE is available in a range of service bands that deliver data speeds of up to 40 Mbps with Round Trip Delay of around 35-40ms. However, when LTE is not available, services automatically switch over to Ka-band Fleet Xpress committed information rates, with continuous back-up from L-band FleetBroadband. Meanwhile, connectivity via FleetBroadband continues even outside the LTE coverage area.
Fully automated

Service transition between LTE and VSAT is fully automated, with routing depending on data needs and network conditions, while vessels only need to add two LTE antennas and a modem on deck to enable the upgrade, which can be rented or purchased.

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Posted By : Arun Huidrom on Tue, 10 Dec 2019
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