Inmarsat trial for Chinese fishing vessels
The Beam Inmarsat FleetPhone Service
Australian comms expert, Beam Communications Pty Ltd, has received an initial order worth US$170K for a major trial of Inmarsat Oceana Terminals on Chinese fishing vessels.
The trials this month will involve deploying 200 Beam Oceana 400 and Oceana 800 marine communications terminals on the vessels, using the Inmarsat FleetPhone Service.
The terminals were specifically designed to support the voice, data and tracking communications that take place over the Inmarsat satellite network via its 'Fleetphone' maritime service. These terminals were launched to the global market in late 2011 to specifically target high volume deployments in emerging satellite markets.
The customer is a leading operator of satellite communication services in China with more than 20 years experience which provides a full range of sea, land and air mobile satellite terminals and technology integration services for Chinese users.
If the trials are successful, the customer expects to commit to a minimum further order of 1000 units for expansion of the trial into the broader maritime users in China.
Michael Capocchi, managing director, Beam Communications, said: “This is a major breakthrough for Beam into the Chinese maritime market. We are delighted to be working with a key strategic partner in China, which further reinforces Beam’s position as a leading global provider of satellite communication solutions for both the Inmarsat and Iridium satellite networks.”
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