Inmarsat, which provides global satellite communications, has partnered with Groupe Beneteau to offer Fleet One connectivity aboard new and refitted Lagoon catamarans built in France.
Owners of Lagoon catamarans will get a two-year package with unlimited satellite communications, plus shoreside GSM 3G/4G in more than 100 countries, and Wi-Fi connectivity within about 6 miles of shore. The deal also includes a 1,000-minute voice package, 24/7 rescue access, medical assistance, an international concierge, weather-file reception, Konectis email, blog creation and tracking via satellite.
“This offer provides satellite connectivity only when you need it,” Christophe Allan, managing director for Advanced Tracking, stated in the press release. “It makes life easy on board by providing a hybrid solution that allows you to switch between 3G and 4G connectivity along the coast, and harbor Wi-Fi when in port, and satcom via Inmarsat’s Fleet One service when out at high sea.”
Fleet One services include simultaneous voice and IP data at up to 100 kbps, and access to Inmarsat’s free 505 safety service, which in an emergency directs a call straight through to a maritime rescue coordination center.
Boat owners can update chart navigation systems and weather forecasts in real time, make calls, access emails and social network apps, and use live tracking provided by the Konectis platform.
“More leisure customers will now be able to benefit from being connected at all times with reliable speeds when navigating close to shore and at high seas,” Arvid Karlberg, business development manager for Fleet One, stated in a press release. “We are excited to extend this partnership to more brands within Groupe Beneteau.”
What size catamarans does Lagoon build? A total of 14 models ranging from 36 to 78 feet length overall.