The Nera F33 maritime communications terminal
has received type approval from Inmarsat on May 9. The Nera F33 is the first terminal to be approved for the
Inmarsat Fleet F33 service concept.
The F33 system, mainly targeted at yachts, fishing and vessels operating
within the Inmarsat spot
beam areas, is geared to be a solution that provides
reliable and cost effective communications facilities, previously only
available on larger ships. The on-board Nera F33 terminal
and antenna are
small, lightweight and ideally suited to fit smaller vessels.
In addition to data communications capabilities within Inmarsat's regional
spot-beam coverage, F33's voice coverage extends to Inmarsat's full global
Ocean Regions. The Nera F33 provides voice, fax and medium speed data
transmission in addition to the Mobile Packet Data (MPDS) service already
available with Fleet F77. MPDS allows fast and cost-efficient Internet and
e-mail services, as users pay only for data transmitted rather than the