SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA INTRODUCES MULTIPLE-CHANNEL MOBILE SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS TERMINAL FOR MARITIME USE
Ships with High Voice, Fax and Data Traffic Can Use Scientific-Atlanta Terminal with Inmarsat-M Digital Communications Service to Reach Any Point on Globe ATLANTA, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
(NYSE: SFA) has introduced a new mobile satellite communications terminal for maritime use that accommodates up to 16 voice, fax and data channels.
A wide variety of passenger-carrying vessels, including cruise ships, ferry boats and naval vessels, as well as oil platforms, need the multiple-channel communication capability offered by Scientific- Atlanta's newest mobile satellite communications terminal, the Model 9820 MariStar Multi-M(TM). This new terminal delivers from three to 16 communication channels used to transmit and receive digitally compressed voice, Group 3 fax and data at rates up to 2400 bits per second. The on-board mobile satellite communications terminal functions as an interconnect to the Inmarsat-M digital communications service. This new digital communications service provides cost-effective mobile voice, fax and data capabilities -- via satellite -- anywhere in the world, using public switched networks. Inmarsat-M service is available now through the U.S. signatory, COMSAT, while other signatories around the world expect to begin offering the service in early 1993. Inmarsat signatories charge ships equipped with multi-channel terminals a per-minute tariff ranging from $3.95 to $5.50 to use the Inmarsat-M digital communications service. The fee varies based on antenna size, the type of equipment used and several other ship-specific parameters. "Passenger ships need more channels because there are more people who wish to communicate. When we designed the Model 9820 MariStar Multi-M terminal, we kept the specialized telephony and fax requirements of passengers and crews in mind," said Faris Gaffney, vice president and general manager, Mobile Satellite Systems, Network Systems Group, Scientific-Atlanta. "In addition to needing the extra voice, fax and data channels that the Model 9820 MariStar Multi-M delivers, these ships will often be able to take advantage of the more cost-effective tariffs that Inmarsat has authorized." "It was a Scientific-Atlanta terminal installed on a ship off the coast of Madagascar that was used to place the first satellite-based maritime mobile phone call back in 1976, and this new product builds on that strong heritage," said Jack Acker, president, Network Systems Group, Scientific-Atlanta. "We believe that our proven systems capability and satellite earth station experience well qualifies us to provide the advanced communications capabilities that are needed by the mobile marketplace." Scientific-Atlanta's new multi-channel mobile satellite communications terminal for maritime use includes two kinds of components: a single radome-enclosed, stabilized antenna and a rack- mounted indoor electronics unit. Site-specific installation and use parameters drive the antenna's size and the number of channels. The antenna ranges in size from one to two meters. The Model 9820 MariStar Multi-M terminal is the second product to be introduced by Scientific-Atlanta's newest business unit, Mobile Satellite Systems (MSS). Part of the company's Network Systems Group, this business unit was organized in August of this year to address the specialized communications needs of the mobile market. The unit's first product, the Model 9821 MariStar-M mobile satellite communications terminal, debuted in August. The first Inmarsat-M mobile satellite communications terminal to be introduced, the Model 9821 was developed specifically for the maritime market. It allows captains and owners of boats as small as 40 feet to use the same kind of satellite-based voice, data and fax communications previously available only to large ocean- going vessels. Scientific-Atlanta designs, engineers, manufactures, installs, tests and maintains satellite communications and cable television systems, and has provided 45,000 earth station systems to 135 countries. In the past 40 years, Scientific-Atlanta's technical leadership and extensive international expertise have earned the company a reputation as a premier turnkey satellite communications systems supplier. Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. is a world leader in cable television electronics, satellite-based communications networks and instrumentation for industrial telecommunications and government applications. -0- 12/15/92 /CONTACT: Paul McKeon of Crescent Communications, 404-698-8650, or, fax, 404-698-8651, for Scientific-Atlanta/ (SFA)
CO: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. ST: Georgia IN: CPR SU: PDT
BR-BN -- AT001 -- 7074 12/15/92 09:36 EST
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