customer Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) of Singapore, which provides services to the offshore oil and gas industry, has upgraded to the mobile satellite operator’s Fleetbroadband Unlimited service, London-based Inmarsat announced May 28.
Previously SPO subscribed to the Fleetbroadband 5GM limited service. The upgrade was necessary to increase operational efficiency and to provide SPO ship crews with communications services beyond basic email.
“New technologies are increasingly ‘bandwidth hungry’ and while we have enjoyed excellent download and upload speeds with our FB 5GB service, to remain competitive and to deliver enhanced crew welfare, we needed to increase data allowances whilst keeping strong cost controls in place,” Colin Payne, SPO’s director of human resources, said in a prepared statement.
Inmarsat will provide the upgraded service aboard 65 SPO vessels in cooperation with partner Station711, the mobile satellite services arm of Israel-based RRSat, Inmarsat said.