Volvo announce telecoms partners for 2008-09 race

by Volvo 
FleetBroadband has been chosen to provide essential voice and data connectivity for the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 as well as sending high-definition television (HDTV) and rich multimedia content from the Volvo Open 70s while they race across the world’s oceans.

Inmarsat returns again to the event as official satellite communications provider - Stratos Global is official sponsor of mobile satellite services and Thrane & Thrane is official sponsor of satellite and radio communications equipment equipment to Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009.

Inmarsat’s new maritime broadband service, FleetBroadband, will be delivered to the yachts by Stratos mobile satellite services via Thrane & Thrane SAILOR satellite equipment, and will allow an expected global audience of more than 1.8 billion people to follow the race on high definition television (HDTV), radio and the internet.

FleetBroadband, supplemented by Inmarsat Fleet 33 and Inmarsat C services, will not only be used to deliver navigational and weather updates, position reports and course headings, but will also provide the essential safety communications for the crews as they compete in a 37,000 nautical mile race which lasts over nine months.

Among other value-added services, Volvo Ocean Race crews will have the opportunity to utilize Stratos’ popular maritime services AmosConnect and AmosConnect Crew. AmosConnect from Stratos is an easy-to-use, yet highly sophisticated email service that seamlessly integrates email, fax, telex, GSM text, interoffice communication and access for mobile personnel into a single messaging system. AmosConnect Crew is an all-in-one communication solution that enhances crew satisfaction and welfare onboard the vessel.

The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on 4 October 2008, it will for the first time, take in ports in Asia. Spanning some 37,000 nautical miles, stopping at around 11 ports and taking nine months to complete, the Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier yacht race for professional racing crews.