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Fleet Broadband is the latest from Inmarsat providing worldwide coverage* for voice and data using three, new, powerful, I4 satellites.
|Americas||98o W||N and S America, E. Pacific|
|EMEA||25o E||Europe, Middle East and Africa|
|Asia-Pacific||143.5oE||India, China, Australia, W.Pacific|
This map depicts Inmarsat's expectations of coverage, but does not represent a guarantee of service. The availability of service at the edge of coverage areas fluctuates depending on various conditions.
Shipboard terminals come in 3 sizes, ranging from less than 12 inches to 25 inches in diameter, with a choice of data capabilities.
|FB250||~12"(31cm)||<284 kbps||128 kbps||Yes||Yes||Yes||~$10K|
|FB500||~24"(60cm)||<432 kbps||256 kbps||Yes||Yes||Yes||~$15K|
Fleet Broadband provides IP Internet access, as well as switched telephone connections to the public switched telephone network (PSTN). Voice calls are billed at a cost of about $1 per minute, depending on your service contract. The terminals come equipped with an IP telephone that can be used for voice calls and SMS messaging.
Data usage is billed by the megabyte. On the two larger terminals one can choose between a contended (shared) bandwidth that is always available like a regular internet connection, or guaranteed, "streaming" bandwidth on demand, for transfer of critical data.
An example of pricing is available here at groundcontrol.com
More information from www.inmarsat.com
*(world coverage excluding extreme north and south polar regions)