FleetBroadband 150The addition of a fax service to the FleetBroadband 150 (FB150) enhances the services' level of being consumer-friendly. A simple firmware upgrade enables the Fax Functionality. Once installed, a G3 fax machine can be plugged straight into the FB150. Therefore, a fax can then be sent and received in exactly the same way as at home or in the office. Inmarsat's partner AddValue Communications Pte Ltd, a leading digital, wireless and broadband communications technology products innovator based in Singapore, is the first FleetBroadband manufacturer to provide a firmware upgrade to access the new fax service on the Wideye Skipper 150. The fax service meets the demand from operators of smaller vessels in regions such as South East Asia. The South East Asian fishing market has a preference for using fax for day to day business activities. These activities includes receiving weather information, shoal movement data and for reporting their catch to head office or the wholesaler. Commenting on the launch of the new fax service over FB150, Chris Lim, Inmarsat Maritime Market Manager said:
"Inmarsat has listened to our partners and customers in the region who asked us for this service. This new FB150 fax capability is designed to improve the working lives of fishermen. We trust that this important group of Inmarsat customers will benefit."Vessel owners can be confident with this new FB150 service enhancement from Inmarsat. The service provides a cost effective as well as reliable solution. This coverage promise and cost savings are exactly what this market are looking for. This service complements Inmarsat's recently announced Small Vessel Plans which offer a reduced fax rate.