Reinbek/Nieuwendijk Hamburg, 22. April 2015: bobz GmbH and OceanSat B.V., one of the leading satellite communication service provides in the Netherlands, had announced their partnership agreement today.
shipznet, a revolutionary development of bobz GmbH, is the only high speed mobile network service in merchant shipping, that offers a world-wide monthly flat rate near-shore and in harbors, without any additional roaming costs. With this partnership, OceanSat will complete their product portfolio with the leading global mobile 3G service for users onboard vessels.
“shipznet offers an ideal addition to our portfolio that can provide connectivity near coast to complete the commercial as well as the crew internet connection needs to the vessels. With shipznet the crew do not need to purchase data cards data cards from the agents, there are no roaming charges and the speed provided can reach up to 40 times the speed currently offered on FleetBroadband”, says Raymon Lubbers, Commercial Manager of OceanSat B.V.
shipznet consists of a very small above-deck unit with two antennas and guarantees easy installation. The below-deck unit serves as router and takes over the power supply for the above deck unit. shipznet complements either Fleetbroadband, regarding high volume costs, or Iridium, regarding low transfer rates.
However, shipznet is also an ideal stand alone solution. Especially the new feature “crew solution” makes shipznet interesting for shipping companies since offering the crew a better and especially less expensive way of communication.
With the shipznet crew solution, the bying and collecting of individual pre-paid SIM cards for each country finally comes to an end. Expiry dates, varying volumes, an extra pre-paid card for each country – all of this was yesterday. The new crew solution of bobz GmbH offers the crew a comfortable way of communicating with family and friends, by using vouchers. Should the contingent be used up, it can be recharged conveniently with the shipping company or the Master, without the time consuming search of a local provider for pre-paid SIM cards. Also, these providers are not always available when needed.
“With OceanSat, we have won a well known and dynamic company as our distributor. We are convinced, that this partnership is a big step to market shipznet successfully in our target countries ” says Claudia Bobzin, Managing Director of bobz GmbH.
Demands of todays shipping industry for communication have increased immensely. But the infrastructure of communication has hardly adapted to these new demands within recent years. With shipznet, bobz GmbH creates a world-wide, very cost-effective solution for communication and supports shipping companies with reducing their communication costs.