France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications designed new features for its free SkyFile software package, making e-mailing at sea even easier and more practical and providing seafarers with communications solutions as efficient and rapid as those used on land.
SkyFile is France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications’ proprietary software solution enabling the transfer of e-mails, faxes and SMS via Inmarsat and Iridium mobile satellite terminals. The new version compresses
data sent by up to 90%, speeding up transfer times and reducing communications costs. The software also includes a SPAM filter and a black & white list option for better management of incoming e-mails.
Other new features include:
· A ship/shore/ship system enabling the user to send information from a terrestrial fax to a mobile satellite terminal, and vice-versa.
Web mail interface
· This feature allows the user to access, check and control messages in his or her SkyFile mailbox from any location via the Internet.
Online credit/invoicing system
· Similar to an internet café system, crew members or passengers receive online credit for personal e-mail communications according to time connected or volume of data transmitted. A detailed invoice per user simplifies administration.
A virtual interface between SkyFile and ship management systems enabling onboard applications to dispatch and receive data via SkyFile
The above features can be accessed by installing the new version of SkyFile. Existing versions of SkyFile will automatically be upgraded.
Strong maritime growth in 2004
In 2004 France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications’ consolidated its position as leader on the maritime market. The company recorded an 18% increase in traffic for both Inmarsat and Iridium maritime services: almost three times the world growth rate. Fleet traffic more than tripled in 2004 and the company is currently leader in terms of market share at 20% (all services: 33/55/77). Thanks to new features and functions facilitating cost-effective data transmission and compression, SkyFile traffic grew 80% last year, with the number of customers increasing 150% from 1,600 in 2003 to 4,000 in 2004.