--New plans offer reliable, global broadband connectivity for a
predictable monthly fee--
BETHESDA, MD, Sept. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Stratos Global, the leading global
provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications
solutions, today announced the commercial availability of its Inmarsat
FleetBroadband Flat Fee service plans, known as FBB Flat Fee.
Stratos' new FBB Flat Fee plans offer the high performance (up to
432kbps), global coverage, simplicity and reliability of Inmarsat
FleetBroadband - in addition to The Stratos Advantage value-added
services - all at an affordable, flat monthly price.
The FBB Flat Fee plans include 10GB and 15GB per-vessel data
connectivity options. If a vessel exceeds the plan's monthly data
allocation, the price will not increase - but data speeds will be
reduced. The plans also include highly competitive rates for voice
Shipping companies now can choose from contract periods of two to four
years. The four-year contract period represents the most competitive
FleetBroadband commercial offering on the market today.
These plans utilize a standard FleetBroadband 500 terminal, simplifying
installation and support. FleetBroadband has become the standard in
global maritime communications. Many newly built vessels, or ships that
have already upgraded to FleetBroadband, are already fully equipped to
utilize the service today - thereby making additional capital costs
Stratos also offers customers the option of a three-month, paid trial
period. During the trial period, customers can upgrade or downgrade
their FBB Flat Fee data allocation or contract duration. The trial
period allows time for Stratos and the customer to work together, to
select the plan that meets the requirements of each vessel.
Stratos today is the market leader in the number of FBB Flat Fee plans
deployed. The plans have been deployed by Stratos for a number of its
existing customers, as well as by Stratos Channel Partner Navarino
Telecom for ship-management companies Grieg Shipping Group, OSM Ship
Management and Ugland Marine Services, among others.
FBB Flat Fee is one of several innovative Stratos broadband programs
that provide shipping companies with a flexible pathway to Inmarsat's
Global Xpress Ka-band service. Global Xpress, which is expected to be
commercially available in 2013, will deliver speeds of up to 50Mbps.
Customers contracting for FBB Flat Fee plans from Stratos can upgrade
to Global Xpress without penalty.
"Many of the world's leading shipping companies are demanding higher
volumes of data - with the dependability of L-band satellite
communications - to support critical applications. They also want to
choose from a range of price plans that meet their specific
requirements," said Joe Apa, Stratos Vice President, Global Maritime.
"We are meeting those demands with simple, affordable plans such as FBB
Flat Fee, in addition to our managed global broadband service
Apa concluded, "Our wide range of broadband solutions proves that we are
ideally suited to help expand our customers' communications
capabilities as we prepare for the availability Inmarsat's Global
FleetBroadband from Stratos provides ships with global broadband
connectivity while at sea - for email, Internet access and voice
communications - ensuring optimal vessel performance, business
operations and crew productivity.
Since its introduction in 2007, Inmarsat's FleetBroadband has been
deployed on more than 21,600 vessels. Stratos' more than 9,000
FleetBroadband activations encompass all major geographic regions and
vessel types, from customers including Wallem Shipmanagement, Bernhard
Schulte Shipmanagement, Varun Shipping Co., MISC Berhad, Albacora
Group, MPC Steamship and the Royal Netherlands Navy.
Stratos deployments of FleetBroadband for many of the world's largest
shipping companies include the full range of The Stratos Advantage
value-added services for which Stratos has become well known. Those
services ensure that customers attain the highest possible
FleetBroadband performance, security and cost control. They include:
--The online Stratos Dashboard, for cost and traffic control, firewall
management, data optimization, real-time traffic overviews, instant
remote provisioning, high security options, easy VPN access, messaging
services and a full range of IP options.
--AmosConnect, Stratos' sophisticated communications application, to
manage all interoffice communications.
--Stratos' new AmosConnect Crew CommCenter that enables seafarers to
stay in contact with home via calling, private email and SMS at
affordable, flat global rates - while enjoying true onboard Internet
café features, such as prepaid chatting, prepaid web browsing and
access to global and local news services.
--Stratos ChatCards for crew calling, which contribute to crew
satisfaction by providing easy billing and ordering.
FleetBroadband from Stratos also provides an optimal data connection for
many other onboard applications, including planned maintenance systems,
purchase systems and remote management - which allows headquarters
personnel to manage the ship's computers without visiting the vessel.
Stratos customers also use FleetBroadband for engine-performance
analysis and emissions monitoring, to help reduce fuel costs and comply
with emissions regulations.
About FleetBroadband from Stratos
FleetBroadband from Stratos provides cost-effective, high-speed data and
voice communications - available simultaneously - at speeds up to
432kbps. FleetBroadband from Stratos also provides on-demand guaranteed
IP data rates, regardless of the vessel's location.
FleetBroadband also helps Stratos continue to provide ship managers with
innovative crew-communications solutions, to support the recruitment
and retention of well-trained seafarers. For example, FleetBroadband
from Stratos now is available with a pre-paid web-browsing solution and
other valuable services.
Communications managers have discovered that FleetBroadband from Stratos
can be rapidly deployed across an entire fleet and, as a standard IP
service, seamlessly integrated with head-office networks. Terminals
operate globally and the user interface is standard across all
products. FleetBroadband from Stratos supports any IP service, as well
as traditional circuit-switched voice and ISDN data for legacy
applications. Terminal costs are relatively low and the network
supports all the latest security protocols.
Stratos offers a wide range of value-added services to provide ship
managers with optimal communications performance, management control
and cost efficiency. Stratos is the largest supplier of mobile
satellite services to the maritime industry, with communications to
more than 40,000 maritime terminals worldwide. In addition to
FleetBroadband, Stratos' industry-leading portfolio of maritime
broadband satellite services includes Iridium OpenPort, maritime VSAT
services and Inmarsat XpressLink - which combines FleetBroadband with
VSAT to provide a highly flexible migration path toward Inmarsat's
Global Xpress services.
Stratos also works with application partners to deliver broadband
business solutions in key maritime business areas. These solutions
include voyage management, remote management, IT management and cargo
management, which help reduce fuel and operations costs and improve
crew and customer satisfaction. Maritime customers can secure more
information on FleetBroadband from Stratos by calling their Stratos
account manager, sending e-mail to email@example.com, or by visiting www.thepowerofmobilebroadband.com.
Stratos is the world's trusted leader for vital communications. Stratos
offers the most powerful and extensive portfolio of remote
communications solutions including mobile and fixed satellite and
microwave services. More than 20,000 customers use Stratos products and
industry-leading value-added services to optimize communications
performance. Stratos serves U.S. and international government,
military, first responder, NGO, oil and gas, industrial, maritime,
aeronautical, enterprise, and media users on seven continents and
across the world's oceans. Stratos is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Inmarsat plc. For more information, visit www.stratosglobal.com.
SOURCE Stratos Global Corporation
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