MTN Satellite Communications (MTN), the global provider of communications, connectivity, and content services to remote locations around the world, today announced StreamXcel Plus, a powerful new integrated hardware and software solution for managing shipboard satellite communications.
StreamXcel Plus is designed to provide a suite of tools permitting vessel owners to optimize their ship’s satellite voice and data traffic while minimizing costs.
Vessels operating on MTN’s extensive Ku-band satellite coverage have global, seamless connectivity, and access to guaranteed uncontended bandwidth. With StreamXcel Plus, vessels are provided with automatic switching capabilities to Inmarsat Fleet Broadband (FBB) whenever the vessel moves outside the Ku-band beams for “Always On – Always Available” communications.
“We are introducing StreamXcel Plus to meet the emerging requirements for greater integration of shipboard and shoreside communication and IT networks, as well as improved crew morale services,” said Bradford C. Briggs, senior vice president, MTN commercial shipping and energy services. “We can now provide a cost-effective solution that combines both VSAT and FBB voice and data to create a complete, optimized communications network.”
StreamXcel Plus provides vessels with two separate onboard corporate and crew morale communication networks. The corporate network includes two voice lines, data and Internet access over VSAT with FBB as a backup communications system. StreamXcel Plus also provides VSAT bandwidth data compression and optimization allowing applications and networks to run optimally for time and cost savings.
The crew morale communications network offers two voice lines utilizing MTN’s OceanPhoneÂ®Â stored value calling plans and Wi-Fi Internet access. MTN’s crew calling and Internet billing platform offer crewmembers several ways to purchase calling and Internet services. With StreamXcel Plus, the bandwidth required to support the crew morale communications network comes at no additional cost and does not interfere with the corporate bandwidth.
StreamXcel Plus incorporates a wide range of tools to help the shipping company manage its ship-to-shore voice and data links, data compression, remote administration of servers and computers on board, and anti-virus, anti-spam and content filtering. MTN’s optional bandwidth analyzer software also provides detailed VSAT traffic analysis for the ship operator.
“StreamXcel Plus allows our customers to stay connected anytime, anywhere,” added Briggs. “MTN has always been attuned to our customers’ needs and this new product is just one of the many innovative ways we add more value to our suite of products and services.”
MTN’s value proposition of worldwide coverage, network reliability, guaranteed uncontended bandwidth, and high level of customer and technical support, remains unmatched and the best ROI for customers, according to Briggs.
MTN will showcase its full range of marine satellite communication products and services in Hall B6 Stand 488 at the SMM Hamburg 2010 exhibition in Germany, Sept.Â 7-10, 2010.
About MTN Satellite Communications
MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) is the global provider of communications, connectivity, and content services to remote locations around the world. MTN’s maritime VSAT solutions and global satellite communications network offer the reliability that only “Always On – Always Available” systems can provide. More than 600 vessels and land-based terminals worldwide, including commercial ships, offshore drilling and production sites, cruise ships, government and military vessels, private yachts, and ferries depend on MTN’s voice and data networks to allow them to “be in the middle of nowhere and at the center of everything.”Premium services include remote access for Internet, fixed and mobile phones, fax, television, onboard newspapers, banking services, direct payroll deposit for crew, and other enterprise solutions. MTN is based in Miramar, Fla. and has offices worldwide. For more information, visitÂ www.mtnsat.com.