The continuing partnership between the Volvo Ocean Race and Inmarsat, the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, powers the Race’s digital content delivery from the oceans, while supplying crucial safety and tracking services.
Inmarsat’s fleet of satellites, in orbit some 36,000km out in space, deliver crucial communications technology, while Inmarsat FleetBroadband provides an ‘always-on’ connection for teams allowing applications such as internet access, emails, calls, weather reporting and telemedicine. It also features streaming IP available on demand, for live applications such as high-quality video streaming. Global Xpress, the first high-speed broadband network to span the world, will support press and media at Race Villages around the globe.
Inmarsat plays a big part in the delivery of safety services as well as the creation of an onboard digital experience. For the first time, sailors will be able to post on social media during every leg. More content than ever before will be able to be transmitted ashore using the Inmarsat satellite network. In addition to Inmarsat C safety services and tracking devices, each boat in the fleet will also carry an IsatPhone 2 satellite phone in their life raft packs.
Inmarsat’s relationship with the Volvo Ocean Race allows the company to showcase the cutting edge, reliable technology that connects sailors to the rest of the world, even from the most isolated locations. The race will take the fleet through some of the most remote regions of the planet, so maintaining constant communication is critical.
Inmarsat plc. is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organisations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat operates in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent.