Towards the end of February 2016, Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, together with Global Marine Networks and Network Innovations, announced the successful trial and subsequent commercial order for Fleet Xpress in Antarctic waters.
Fleet Xpress, installed on board the adventure cruise ship Ocean Nova, delivered robust communications in one of the most hostile environments on the planet.
Fleet Xpress, the hybrid Ka and L-band service using Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network, delivers the world’s first globally available high-speed broadband service from a single network operator. The trial was successfully conducted on board the 1992 built ice class Ocean Nova, owned by Nova Cruising Ltd and operated by Nova Logistics, a polar expedition specialist.
“Our customers rely on us to provide cutting-edge satellite services,” said Dr Luis Soltero, Chief Technology Officer of Global Marine Networks which offers a range of internet based services, hardware and software to commercial clients. “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 lowhorizon satellite views through heavy cloud cover and precipitation. Fleet Xpress successfully overcame these conditions,” he added.
In this trial, Network Innovations, one of Inmarsat’s first value-added resellers of Fleet Xpress, was able to provide its expertise and support to Global Marine Networks and the crew of the Ocean Nova which used a Cobham SAILOR 100GX antenna.