FURUNO brings a Ku-band VSAT communications solution to the maritime industry to meet the growing demand
for more bandwidth at sea. VSAT provides broadband communications at sea that are comparable to the communication
data rate we are accustomed to using while on shore.
On top of fast communication data rate for data and voice applications of up to 1 Mbps, VSAT delivers the cost-effective
means to maritime broadband communications through its monthly flat communication rate, allowing ship owners to
budget air-time rate without any unanticipated fare to be charged. The ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system at
the head office can be extended to the vessels via VPN (Virtual Private Networks). This means that the officers and
crewmembers are now able to make use of more bandwidth-hungry applications such as videoconferencing and
downloading, streaming video on demand and others without worrying about the communication bill thanks to  the
flat communication rate.
This will totally transform maritime communication, with increasing levels of both operational and social
communications conducted all at the same time through this new service. Navigators can obtain weather and chart
updates* online in order to optimize their route planning and monitoring tasks, while all onboard can still enjoy the 
benefit of the Internet, e-mailing and making voice calls to the head offices or their friends and families back home
all via a single terminal. It would greatly increase information efficiency onboard. It will change the way mariners and
vessels communicate, just as on-shore broadband data communications paved the way for the broadband IP era.
Brings land-based broadband communications environment to onboard vessels.
   Selectable communication rates for its data communications according to various needs onboard:
   • Service providing best effort delivery of up to 1 Mbps downlink.
   • Fixed flat rate according to the selected bandwidth.
Provides broadband communication that can be utilized for a wide variety of applications for both operatinal and
   social purposes. VPN networking, Internet (web browsing, e-mailing), VoIP, Video Store and Forward, high quality live 
   video transmission, two-way videoconferencing, onboard monitoring, chart updates, remote ship management system, etc*.
   * Please note that some of these applications listed will be available in the future.
   Also, certain network devices must be arranged locally, in order for you to make use of some of the applications.
Allows for unlimited connection through flat communication rate, depending solely on bandwidth.
   You will no longer need to  worry about the communication bill, for no matter how extensive your broadband
   connection is utilized, the communication costs remain the same, depending on the service plan you select.
Ku-band GEO Satellite system
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Hundreds of Ku-band GEO (Geostationary Earth bit) Satellites are located 2-3 degrees apart at altitude of 35,680 km
to supplement the VSAT's limited coverage delivered by regional footprints of each of Ku-band satellites.
The effort is currently underway to facilitate seamless switch-over from footprint of one satellite to another in
order to deliver the Ku-band availability that embraces the major shipping lanes around the world.  
Overview of VSAT
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VSAT System Configuration
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Comparison between VSAT and FleetBroadband

VSAT  FleetBroadband 

Max. Communication Speed   

Up to 1 Mbps*
*For service faster than 1 Mbps, please  
consult with your nearest nearest distributors.

432 kbps
(FELCOM 500, best effort delivery)

Billing Fixed flat rate Pay-as-you-go

Service Coverage

Regional coverage provided by multiple
service providers  (seamless roaming
possible without any roaming surcharge)

Global coverage
(with exception of extreme polar regions)

Price per megabyte Relatively low at high consumption High at high consumption
Voice calls VoIP rates Inmarsat rates
Expected availability Approx. 97-98.5% 99-99.9%

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