Inmarsat, together with Global Marine Networks and Network Innovations, announced on February 22 that the trial of Fleet Xpress in Antartic waters was a success. The service – the world's first globally available high-speed broadband service from a single network operator – was installed on board the adventure cruise ship Ocean Nova.
Inmarsat said the service had delivered robust communications in one of the most hostile environments on the planet.
Ronald Spithout, President of Inmarsat Maritime, said: "This trial marks another important milestone for the launch of Fleet Xpress. By testing Fleet Xpress in such harsh conditions we are pushing the boundaries of what we can offer. Fleet Xpress is set to redefine maritime communications and will transform the way vessels are managed and optimized throughout the globe."
Luis Soltero, Chief Technology Officer of Global Marine Networks, added: "Fleet Xpress delivered on its promise of high-speed seamless mobile broadband service in one of the world's most difficult areas for most satellite systems. Antarctica requires low-horizon satellite views through heavy cloud cover and precipitation. Fleet Xpress successfully overcame these conditions."
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