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Boeing's Boat Based Broadband

Posted: 16th Jun, 2005 By: MarkJ
The Teekay Shipping Corporation has signed a new agreement with Boeing's Connexion (mobile Internet access) division, making it one of the first boat fleets to be outfitted with satellite Internet access on the ocean:

The agreement calls for the high-speed communications service to be fitted on 50 of Teekay's vessels, with an option to install on an additional 40. Financial terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.

The service will provide data rates up to 256 kbps from the vessel to the satellite and data rates up to 5 mbps from the satellite to the vessel. The high data rate enables multiple, simultaneous users to access the Internet, corporate intranet, and e-mail, get the news, weather or destination information via a simple portal interface.


Installations and service commencement are expected in the fourth quarter of 2005.
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