News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : Iridium unveils Enhanced Marine Bandwidth

Iridium unveils Enhanced Marine Bandwidth

'Broad-ish band, coming soon to the top end of the marine market'    .
Iridium® Satellite, has unveiled its new Iridium OpenPort enhanced bandwidth marine communication system at the Satellite 2008 conference and exhibition in Washington, D.C. The vast majority of yacht owners will not be able to take advantage of Iridium's new broad-ish band communications any time soon, but it is getting closer.

“This breakthrough product will bring a fresh element of competition to the marine satcom market,” said Matt Desch, chairman and CEO of Iridium Satellite. “Iridium OpenPort offers an unbeatable value proposition of 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.”

“The rollout of Iridium OpenPort follows a year of unprecedented growth for Iridium and will serve as a springboard for the company to achieve another record year,” said Desch. “During 2007, Iridium’s subscriber base increased 34 percent to reach 234,000 users worldwide. As Iridium OpenPort products hit the market at mid-year, we project even stronger gains in 2008.”

Desch stated that the Iridium OpenPort systems have successfully completed sea trials, and the company has a backlog of more than 2,500 units on order from major service providers. “Iridium OpenPort represents a significant R&D investment in our constellation and ground systems – some of the most extensive development since the system was launched 10 years ago.”

“We have had an overwhelming response from our Service Providers since previewing Iridium OpenPort at our Partners’ Conference in September,” said Greg Ewert, executive vice president of Iridium Satellite. “Globe Wireless, LLC, a leading maritime IT solution provider with over 550 ship operators and 8,600 ships worldwide, has made a major commitment to the program as our charter customer.”

“Iridium OpenPort is fundamentally changing how the maritime industry manages voice and data communications and will provide a cost-effective way to address the severe crew shortage and increased reporting and management requirements in the industry,” said Frank Coles, CEO, Globe Wireless. “Iridium OpenPort also opens up new market segments, specifically luxury yachts, tugs, fishing and cruising vessels for which traditional marine satcom systems have been out of reach. Now, when they evaluate the value/cost tradeoff, the question becomes ‘why not?’”

Iridium will target the new service toward the deep-sea shipping and commercial fishing segments. “Iridium OpenPort provides a complete integrated solution for ship-to-shore crew calling, email and IP-based data communications,” said Ewert. “Our pricing strategy replaces expensive pay-per-minute billing schemes with a straightforward, cost-effective, pay-per-megabyte plan for data transfer. Hardware upgrades from bandwidth packages associated with competing products will be a thing of the past.”

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. It contains no moving parts, which greatly reduces cabling, maintenance and repair costs.

“The installed cost of an Iridium OpenPort ship terminal is 50 to 90 percent lower than other marine satcom systems, and our per-megabyte prices for data throughput are at least 30 percent lower than any other marine satcom system on the market today,” said Ewert. “This means a return on investment measured in months rather than years.”

by Sail-World Cruising


Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

9:42 PM Sun 2 Mar 2008 GMT

Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Related News Stories:

16 Jun 2009  Laser to get new mainsheet blocks after 30 years
09 May 2009  New antifoul discovery - 100% effective AND green
15 Apr 2009  Musto get on board with Skandia Team GBR
26 Feb 2009  New Lewmar V6 - V8 Windlass - true super yacht appeal
02 Nov 2008  Easypower doubles winch power
25 Oct 2008  SeaSuckers - No-drill attachment for accessories
05 Sep 2008  New software aids sextant calculations
26 Jul 2008  BBC Dragons track-down Waterbuoy for new TV show
26 Jun 2008  RNLI innovation saves first lives
15 Jun 2008  One Antenna, Three Uses, New from Glomex

News - USA and the World

ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here by Dan Ibsen, Sail-World Europe & UK editor,

ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets by Olga Maslivets, International RS:X Class Assoc.,

470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification by 470 International Association Class,

A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,

ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video
18ft skiffs: Carnage compilation from the glory days of the Grand Prix
ISAF Worlds: Video from the British Sailing Team
Bart's Bash expected to set new records this weekend
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Marcilio Browne wins Super Session
470 Men and Women World Championships - Racing abandoned on day 2
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 4 images from Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Emerging Nations Program sailors shine
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Teasing winds play havoc on day 4
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Hot conditions in Santander on day 4
Santander ISAF Sailing World Championships joins Bart’s Bash
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Grounded fishing boat creates problems
Marseille One Design - GC32 Armin Strom Sailing Team emerge victorious
Rolex Big Boat Series 2014 - Ready for another 50 years
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4
2014 Rolex Swan Cup - Eleventh-hour victories
Extreme Sailing Series - Kiwis clinch Act win in Istanbul + Video
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Two long races today for the J70 fleet
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Impressive to sail out of the Golden Gate
Extreme Sailing Series - Istanbul delivers four days of great racing
ISAF Sailing Worlds Santander - Day 3 images by   
Extreme Sailing Series: Emirates Team NZ bounces back for series win   
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - Light winds and current test six classes   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Solid Day 3 for US Sailing Team   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 3 images by Jesus Renedo   
Marseille One Design 2014 - GC32 Armin Strom blitzes final day   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Una Etapa 0 complicada para todos   
Santander 49ers: Olympic Gold Medallist says two into 90 does not go!! *Feature   
GBR aiming for first ever Nacra 17 Games berth at Santander Worlds   
Volvo Ocean Race: Man and sail overboard as Leg 0 serves up drama   
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 – Images by Dan Ibsen   
Santander Worlds – already a spectator success   
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 - Day 3 morning report   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Tales from the extreme   
Volvo Ocean Race: Latest starter wins opening race   
2014 J/70 World Championship - Healy, Abdullah, Becker and Borges win   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Full-blown, once again   
ISAF Worlds - Americans jump up Laser and Laser Radial leaderboard   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 3   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 2 images from   

For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





Privacy Policy



Cookie Policy



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT