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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 

Intellian has received type approval from Inmarsat for its new FB250 and Fleet One L-band terminals, making it one of the first available user terminals for operation on Inmarsats innovation catalyst L-band network, Elera.

The FB250 is a multi-functional terminal, either acting as a stand-alone primary communications terminal or combining with Intellian’s GX60NX and GX100NX to create a comprehensive Fleet Xpress (FX) solution. The Fleet One terminal provides a simple-to-install, reliable voice and data solution, suitable for smaller vessels.

Intellian’s FB250 User Terminal is said to offer a compact, best-of-both-worlds solution for vessel operations, safety and crew welfare. Enabling simultaneous voice and data connectivity up to 284kbps, the FB250’s features and future-proofed technology are believed to deliver a more cost-effective long-term investment than competing systems using older terminal designs. The FB250’s features include a built-in firewall, analogue and digital voice lines, soft PABX and a WAN port, which will support existing and future terrestrial networks such as 3G/LTE/5G.

Designed to deliver optimal results from Inmarsat’s Elera L-band network, the FB250 enables a range of data-critical maritime applications, including IoT, smart shipping, ocean monitoring and green energy initiatives.

FleetBroadband, together with the Global Xpress (GX) service, makes up Inmarsat’s maritime solution FX, combining the reliability and resiliency of L-band with the speeds of Ka-band. The new FB250 has been engineered to complement Intellian’s GXNX series of Ka-band antennas. This makes installation on new build vessels future-proof, versatile and cost effective. As a result, the FB250 is expected to be of particular interest to the shipyard sector.

Intellian’s Fleet One terminal represents a lightweight, dependable and affordable solution for simultaneous voice and data connectivity of up to 150kbps on smaller vessels. Suitable for operating beyond terrestrial coverage, or when there is no need for higher-end satellite communications, the terminal offers peace of mind with secure access at any time for safety alerts, navigational warnings, emails, internet-based messaging and voice calls.

Eric Sung, Intellian CEO, said: “Our new FB250 and Fleet One terminals are the latest products to be launched as a result of our long-standing partnership with Inmarsat. We’re delighted to expand our L-Band portfolio, and deliver the engineering excellence we’re renowned for to FleetBroadband customers. These new terminals provide opportunities for growth in both new and existing markets through the delivery of reliable, cost-effective and feature-rich terminals to customers across all maritime sectors. Our terminals will bring an advanced user experience to primary users through new features and capabilities, whilst the FB250 will also enhance our Fleet Xpress offering, combining with our GX60NX and GX100NX to create the future-proof FX solution.”

 Gerbrand Schalkwijk, Deputy President and COO, Inmarsat Maritime, said: “We welcome new, innovative products that support the Elera portfolio of services. These terminals will be an integral part of the L-Band and Fleet Xpress offering. We are excited to be supported by a highly reputable partner such as Intellian, as we prepare for the next wave of world-changing technologies where global reach, extraordinary resilience, faster speeds, and smaller terminals ensure we meet the needs of our customers – today and in the future.”

The FB250 and Fleet One are designed to be robust, compact, lightweight and simple to install, deploying only a single RF cable for connection between the antenna and below deck unit (BDU). The built-in AptusLX management and control software can be accessed using a laptop or smart device via Wi-Fi or LAN, enabling straightforward commissioning and management. The terminals work with Inmarsat’s 505 Emergency Calling service; a free resource which will instantly patch calls directly through to an MRCC (Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre) in the event of an emergency.

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