--New plans meet high data-usage requirements of yachts and other
BETHESDA, MD, Sept. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Stratos Global, the leading global
provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications
solutions, today announced it is the first Inmarsat Distribution
Partner to activate Inmarsat's new FleetBroadband Large Money Bundle
for single-vessel operators and fleets with fewer than 10 vessels.
The new Large Money Bundles 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, fixed monthly rate. The packages include monthly
data-connectivity plans as large as 5GB, in addition to highly
competitive rates for voice calls.
The new plans meet the increasing data requirements of yachts and other
vessels. The plans provide a high level of monthly bandwidth for email,
web browsing, social networking, GSM and other popular applications.
With these plans, FleetBroadband is available on terminals as small as
The first FleetBroadband Large Money Bundle was activated by Stratos
Channel Partner e3 Systems (e3) for one of the largest private sailing
yachts built by Royal Huisman in Holland.
"These new plans are generating a high level of interest among the
yachting community," said e3 Managing Director Roger Horner. "They
offer predictable costs, regional and global coverage, flexible usage
and payment programs, as well as the added value of The Stratos
Horner added, "We activated the plan onboard the yacht within days of
its launch. The yacht's captain now is examining Stratos Dashboard
online monitoring tools and Stratos Trench firewall to ensure the
highest possible broadband performance, security and cost control.
These plans are a perfect solution for sailing yachts, yachts with
itineraries outside traditional VSAT footprints and yachts with space
and weight restrictions on which it is difficult to install a 1m VSAT
Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm said, "With its depth of experience
and creative approach to electronics integration, e3 is well positioned
to bring the benefits of these new FleetBroadband Money Bundles to
demanding vessel owners in many key geographic regions. We look forward
to working with e3 and our hundreds of other capable Channel Partners
to help vessel owners adopt the wide range of flexible pricing programs
for which Inmarsat has become well known."
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. The above-deck,
stabilized, compact directional antennas are smaller and less expensive
than VSAT solutions.
Stratos' more than 9,000 FleetBroadband activations encompasses 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
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.
FleetBroadband from Stratos Features The Stratos Advantage
With the benefit of The Stratos Advantage, FleetBroadband from Stratos
is elevated far above baseline FleetBroadband services. The value-added
services comprising The Stratos Advantage, including Stratos Dashboard,
provide users with cost and traffic control, high-usage metering,
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.
In addition to offering The Stratos Advantage, Stratos 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 or
by visiting www.thepowerofmobilebroadband.com.
About e3 Systems
e3 Systems provides high-quality electronics design, refit, repair and
support services for luxury yachts, ships and homes. The Company also
specializes in communications integration. With a fully trained team of
experts in every aspect of electronics, from manufacturing to
government standards, e3 Systems constantly strives to maintain its
position at the cutting edge of all new industry developments in
electronics - for even the most advanced vessels. e3 Systems is based
in Spain and has offices worldwide. For more information, please visit www.e3s.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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