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Pivotel and Inmarsat Launch Hardware Replacement for Fleet Xpress Network

By Ken Briodagh May 14, 2018

In a recent announcement, Pivotel, a satellite telecommunications company, has released a new satellite device that combines the Inmarsat Fleet Xpress Network Service Device (NSD) with the RedPort Optimizer Enterprise satellite router and VoIP gateway. This new service is designed to deliver an all-in-one communications solution for maritime and satellite providers, according to the release.

Launched by RedPort Global, a subsidiary of Pivotel, the single rackmount appliance will manage ship networks with satellite broadband routing, VoIP connectivity and crew and passenger services, and replaces at least three pieces of hardware that were previously required for Fleet Xpress installations. The RedPort Optimizer Enterprise NSD for Inmarsat Fleet Xpress gives satellite service providers and ship operators an all-in-one solution, which reportedly reduces the cost and complexity of installations.

“The RedPort Optimizer NSD includes a software-based NSD to manage Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band technology with its FleetBroadband L-band service,” said Peter Bolger, CEO, Pivotel. “The Optimizer Enterprise NSD replaces previous NSD hardware as well as a host of switches, routers and VoIP gateways that are commonly used to provide a complete solution for vessels.”

Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime, said with its powerful processors and reliable hardware, the core platform will host applications from any Fleet Xpress satellite service provider looking for a turnkey white-label platform. “We are delighted that RedPort have developed an alternative to our current hardware NSD. This will provide a fundamental building block for many of our partners to satisfy the rapidly growing market for onboard applications evidenced by the dramatic growth in Fleet Xpress installations over the last year,” said Spithout.


Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

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