--New service combines FleetBroadband with VSAT for flat monthly fee--
BETHESDA, MD, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - Stratos Global, the leading global
provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications
solutions, today announced the commercial availability of FBBPlus, its
managed global broadband service for the maritime industry.
Stratos' innovative FBBPlus solution offers shipping companies a highly
flexible migration path toward Inmarsat's Global Xpress 50Mbps
services, which is expected to be commercially available in 2014.
FBBPlus combines Inmarsat's popular FleetBroadband satellite
communications service with Ku-band VSAT service. For a flat monthly
fee, FBBPlus offers a managed data communications capability of up to
25 GB per month.
The turnkey service offering, predictable cost, and high data allowance
make FBBPlus ideally suited for global shipping companies that are
customizing their own network environment and require greater
throughputs and bandwidth.
Stratos recently began deploying FBBPlus on approximately 40 vessels for
Hapag-Lloyd, under a five-year contract. Hapag-Lloyd, based in Hamburg,
is one of the world's largest shipping companies and is recognized as
having developed one of the shipping industry's most advanced IT
For Hapag-Lloyd, Stratos is fully integrating FBBPlus with AmosConnect -
Stratos' sophisticated maritime communications application - to manage
all email, fax, SMS and interoffice communications. Also, The Stratos
Advantage suite of value-added services will help Hapag-Lloyd attain
the highest possible FBBPlus performance, security and cost control.
The FBBPlus service successfully meets the increasing data requirements
of shipping companies. It offers the highly reliable FleetBroadband
service with the capability and capacity of Ku-band VSAT within
high-density shipping areas.
FBBPlus is the only service that delivers a managed MPLS extension
network over separate L-band and Ku-band networks, delivering resilient
and redundant paths. The MPLS network separates and logically manages
business, crew and non-essential traffic - while delivering
high-quality voice communications via the highly efficient Inmarsat
"Hapag-Lloyd is impressed by our ability to offer a flexible, fully
managed broadband service. Because FBBPlus is based on FleetBroadband,
Hapag-Lloyd is confident that it will help them meet their business
goals and provide their ships with optimal performance and reliability
at all times," said Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm.
Parm concluded, "As the world's leading FleetBroadband distributor, we
understand the demand for higher volumes of data to support critical
applications and business communications onboard - along with the
increasing need to support crew with Internet-based services. Our
creative FBBPlus solution demonstrates that we are perfectly positioned
to expand our customers' communications capabilities as we prepare for
the availability Inmarsat's Global Xpress services."
FBBPlus offers shipping companies a highly flexible migration path
toward Inmarsat's Global Xpress 50Mbps services, which will be
commercially available in 2014. FBBPlus combines Inmarsat's popular
FleetBroadband satellite communications service with Ku-band VSAT
service. For a flat monthly fee, FBBPlus offers a managed data
communications capability of up to 25 GB per month.
Stratos has activated more than 7,000 FleetBroadband systems across all
major geographic regions and vessel types. FleetBroadband from Stratos
provides cost-effective, high-speed data and voice communications -
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 FBBPlus
and FleetBroadband, Stratos' industry-leading portfolio of maritime
broadband satellite services includes Iridium OpenPort and the VSAT
solutions OceanVSAT and StratosITek.
FBBPlus from Stratos Features The Stratos Advantage
With the benefit of The Stratos Advantage, FBBPlus from Stratos is
elevated far above baseline 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 FBBPlus
from Stratos by calling their Stratos account manager.
Based in Hamburg, Hapag-Lloyd is one of the world's largest shipping
companies, employing more than 6,900 professionals at 300 locations in
114 countries. The Company operates more than 130 modern ships and
transports nearly five million containers annually. For more
information, please visit www.hapag-lloyd.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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