Ericsson has dived deeper into the shipping sector by partnering with satellite company Inmarsat.

The two companies said they had signed an agreement to facilitate the sharing of cargo, logistics and vessel The two companies will also develop services, solutions and applications to drive standards for satellite connectivity and application integration in the maritime industry.

As a first step, Ericsson has signed a distribution contract to offer XpressLink, Inmarsat's combined L-band and Ku-band VSAT network for the maritime market.

In the future, Ericsson's Maritime ICT Cloud will be integrated with Inmarsat's satellite communications network.

Earlier this week, Taiwan’s U-Ming Marine Transport Corporation signed up to deploy Ericsson’s Maritime ICT Cloud and Connected Vessel products as the vendor continues to look to move away from its reliance on the telecoms sector.

John Taxgaard, Head of Maritime at Ericsson, said: "Ericsson believes that the Internet of Things has the potential to generate tremendous value for the maritime industry.

“Partnering with the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services is the best means of helping the maritime industry to realise this value.

Ronald Spithout, President Inmarsat Maritime, added: "With Fleet Xpress, the world's first mobile hybrid Ka/L-band high-speed broadband service, embedded in and enabling world-class solutions from Ericsson, we are re-defining maritime connectivity.

“This transformational agreement will open up opportunities for vessel operators and managers to capture intelligent data immediately.”

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