Thrane & Thrane to develop the forthcoming Inmarsat Global Xpress service
Thrane & Thrane, an Inmarsat FleetBroadband terminal developer, has confirmed that it has been appointed by Inmarsat as a key launch manufacturer for the forthcoming Inmarsat Global Xpress service.
With the hardware manufacturer on board, Global Xpress expects to be able to go live in 2013, and Thrane & Thrane will be offering new Sailor terminals designed specifically for use with this new maritime Ka-band service.
The company says that the introduction of Global Xpress terminals will expand an already diverse portfolio. It has shipped more than 20,000 Sailor FleetBroadband terminals since the launch of Inmarsat’s current flagship service in November 2007, and the company expects imminently to announce the commercial availability of its new Sailor 900 VSAT antenna.
“We are delighted to have reached this agreement with Thrane & Thrane as it means our maritime customers will have a wider choice of terminals for our super-fast broadband network,” said Frank Coles, senior director – maritime, Global Xpress. “Sailor terminals have proven the most popular for all recent Inmarsat maritime services and this makes us confident that Thrane & Thrane’s partnership will be a very positive asset as we gear up for the launch of Global Xpress.”
“The higher data speeds and compact terminals mark Global Xpress as an important development in the world of maritime communications,” says Casper Jensen, vice president, maritime business unit, Thrane & Thrane. “We are keen to use the knowledge and experience we have acquired as a long-standing Inmarsat manufacturer to ensure the new Sailor terminals capture the promised speed, reliability and flexibility of the forthcoming new service.”
Source: The Motorship