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Iridium offers aggressive water play
|11 марта 2008|
There's a new Iridium OpenPort enhanced bandwidth marine communications system just unveiled by Iridium Satellite.
According to Matt Desch, the Chairman and CEO of the company, “This breakthrough product will bring a fresh element of competition to the marine satcom market. Iridium OpenPort offers multiple phone lines, IP connectivity and flexible data speeds up to 128 kilobits per second (kbps), with equipment and airtime costs substantially lower than any competitor. Packaged with our unique, 100 percent global coverage and service quality, we’ll be positioned as the service offering to beat. We expect to quickly capture significant market-share gains in the estimated $400 million annual marine MSS market.”
Iridium will target the new service toward the deep-sea shipping and commercial fishing segments. The Iridium OpenPort ship terminal provides dynamic allocation of three independent telephone lines and a high-speed data port configurable from 9.6 to 128 kbps. All voice and data circuits can be used at the same time. The unstabilized, omni-directional antenna array measures just 9 inches (230 millimeters) high and 22.5 inches (570 millimeters) in diameter—about the size of a typical small-boat radar radome. The lightweight antenna can be easily installed during a brief port visit and contains no moving parts, which greatly reduces cabling, maintenance and repair costs.