Comsat To Provide Low-Cost Standard-C Messaging Service

Comsat Maritime Services recently announced its intention to provide a new, low-cost satellite data and messaging service, known as Standard-C, through its two coast earth stations and the International Maritime Satellite Organization (Inmarsat).

The company said it will equip its Santa Paula, Calif., and Southbury, Conn., earth stations by late 1989 so that it can offer global satellite communications to small yachts, fishing boats, and other commercial and offshore vessels through compact, portable, mobile terminals.

Comsat said that Standard-C is capable of providing store-and-forward data and messaging services and that its small size and low cost make it ideal for smaller oceangoing vessels or as a backup system on larger vessels. The system is all-digital, operating at transmission speeds of 600 bits-per-second, and allows for interconnection to the telex network and electronic mail services. It can also be used for position reporting, remote monitoring and control, and remote emergency alarm systems. It cannot, however, be used for standard telephone voice service.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 42,  Jan 1989

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