Inmarsat wins big fleet broadband contract
Dubai, January 26, 2012
Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communication services, said Frontline, a leader in the international seaborne transportation of crude oil, has signed up for its fleet broadband service.
The company said Frontline has committed for more than 100 vessels from its existing fleet and its planned new builds.
“We evaluated the providers and made a purely commercial decision about XpressLink from Inmarsat,” said Kjell S. Langva of Frontline Management. “The choice was made after a year of positive experience with VSAT from Ship Equip.”
“The cost-benefit profile and the unmatched failover capability, which offers unlimited usage on Inmarsat FleetBroadband, was key to the decision. Also Inmarsat’s ability to deliver made up the additional element in making the choice,” he said.
“With XpressLink’s internet and voice services, communications onboard the vessel will be greatly enhanced, supporting operations and improving overall efficiency. It also allows the crew to stay in touch with family and friends, and handle their personal affairs, at a very low cost, which has been an important issue for Frontline,” he added.
Frank Coles, president of Inmarsat Maritime, said the contract with Frontline was a landmark deal for XpressLink.
' This is a significant endorsement by the world leader in crude oil shipping. It confirms that we have a highly-competitive product, offering excellent value for money, and with the right focus on delivering reliable high-speed broadband through a combination of L-band and VSAT services,' he added.
Inmarsat said the installation of XpressLink on Frontline’s vessels will commence immediately and continue throughout 2012.-TradeArabia News Service