Inmarsat Loses Monopoly in Global Maritime Distress Safety Systems

LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) - Britain's Inmarsat will lose its monopoly in maritime safety communications after the International Maritime Organisation gave Iridium and China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System the green light to develop competing systems. Inmarsat's shares fell as much as 14 percent after U.S.-based Iridium said late Monday its network had been recognised as … [Read more...]

gCaptain LIVE E17 – Unboxing The Iridium inReach Text Messenger

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m9jp417rss In today’s edition of gCaptain LIVE our Founder, John Konrad will show you how to send and receive text messages at sea with the Iridium powered Delorme inReach SE.   Also Mentioned in this episode: ACR ResQLink+ PLB Delorme InReach Explorer with Chartplotter Ripcord Rescue … [Read more...]

Following a Ship Around With a Satellite Beam is Not a Business

In part two of my conversation with consultant, analyst and blogger Tim Farrar, we dive a little deeper into the undergrowth: what the High Throughput Satellite (HTS) upgrade path looks like and how to tell perception from reality, how the recent competition stacks up to the incumbent and what new opportunities may be out there for those vessel owners prepared to seek new … [Read more...]

Iridium inReach – Text Messaging From Sea!

Text messaging from sea has long been an option either via expensive internet at sea connections or via cheap (i.e. not reliable) systems like the SPOT Messenger, which do not have global coverage, but there has yet to be a simple low cost system that works EVERYWHERE at sea. And none of them allow you to send text messages via your own cell phone.... that is, until … [Read more...]

Iridium to Establish Worldwide Network of Maritime Service Centers to Support Iridium OpenPort(R) Products

Signs Service Agreement With Radio Holland to Provide Shipboard Service in More Than 50 Ports Worldwide MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM) has announced it is establishing a Global Service Program for its Iridium OpenPort® broadband marine satellite communication product. Launching first quarter 2011, this new … [Read more...]