Inmarsat launches IsatPhone Link


Inmarsat, a provider of global
mobile satellite communications services, announced the launch of IsatPhone
Link, a new global fixed satellite phone service.


Based on the IsatPhone Pro handheld satellite phone, IsatPhone Link will offer the same voice
capabilities, and email and low-speed data services, in a fixed installation.
The service will be available globally from 30th June 2011.


IsatPhone Link features a simple
set-up that includes telephone, cabling up to 50 metres, and a small external
antenna. It can support both single and multi-user capability, and is suitable
for a wide range of environments.


Inmarsat is targeting the new service at its core market: sectors that typically operate
in remote areas not served by terrestrial networks, such as oil & gas,
mining, construction, utilities and aid & NGO.


IsatPhone Link can be set up
quickly, so is ideal for the early stages of remote field operation. It offers
a reliable back-up to primary communications, or an affordable and easy-to-use
communications service for workers onsite.


For remote communities, IsatPhone
Link can be easily deployed as a pay-phone solution. Remote tourism can offer
the service for guest welfare calling and security. For restaurants, retail
stores and hotels the capability for handling low data speeds can provide a
back-up solution for credit card valuation and other business operations.


IsatPhone Link brings all the
benefits of IsatPhone Pro into a fixed environment, and this opens up new
opportunities for remote users and field workers,” said Drew Brandy, director
of Land Services at Inmarsat.


Many of these businesses will not
have had access to a service like this before: the clear voice quality, the
reliability of the Inmarsat-4 network, the straightforward user experience.
With a global capability, we expect to see this deployed in a wide variety of industry
sectors and environments,” Brandy added.


Inmarsat has partnered with Beam
Communications, designer and manufacturer of the IsatPhone Pro docking units.
Beam is launching two IsatPhone Link products: Terra 400 and Terra 800. Terra
400 is dust and splash proof – ingress protection (IP) rating of 53 – and
features a dedicated RJ11/POTS interface for corded or cordless handsets or
integration into a PABX.


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