“Comrades, this is your captain. It is an honor to speak to you today, and I am honored to be sailing with you on the maiden voyage of our motherland’s most recent achievement. Once more, we play our dangerous game, a game of chess against our old adversary – The American Navy. For forty years, your fathers before you and your older brothers played this game and played it well. But today the game is different. We have the advantage. It reminds me of the heady days of Sputnik and Yuri Gagarin when the world trembled at the sound of our rockets. Now they will tremble again – at the sound of our silence. The order is: engage the silent drive.” — Movie Quote from the Hunt For Red October – Captain Marco Ramius Speaking.
(Inmarsat might be trembling again – at the sound of competition and lower pricing filling a niche they are opening up.)
BREAK BREAK …
“This just in … from the satellites” is what the local newscaster on tv says. But this is not FROM the satellites, but about the satellites, and many people get the bulk of their news off of the Internet these days … either that or via social media from friends. So I got the heads up on this from my group that I run on LinkedIn – Marine Telecom (Communications) – which is a forum on there for all things related to communications – including voice telephone and Internet systems and services. The group has a very good cross section of users from this industry as well as many end user customers on marine vessels of all sorts (shameless plug for group noted! ) – feel free to join us on there.
Anyway Jim Dodez with KVH Industries is obviously in the fight and has posted numerous discussions regarding the Inmarsat pricing hikes that have been going on. This one was a link to SatMagazine where Alan Gottlieb, Senior Contributing Editor writes:
Gottlieb On Maritime: The Price Must Be Right
Word is on the street, and DPs and customers have been notified. A new, second round of Inmarsat price increases arrived on March 1st (in addition to the increases imposed by the Company last May) and they are expected to hit low volume users especially hard, providing new opportunities for competitive technologies and vendors.
And heeeeere’s Johnny (pun on – The catchphrase used by Ed McMahon in The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson – Alan Spicer)
* and here comes … Here Come The Competitors
Inmarsat’s dual price hikes on low volume users are eroding its position among a major component of what has been a loyal user base—the less than 200 MB per month users—and competitors are moving to take advantage of this move.
… Iridium … KVH … (more at the link obviously)
“All of this means a dizzying array of choices will be available to vessel operators and a genuine competitive environment can be expected to emerge.”
Anybody have a problem with that?
Alan Spicer Marine Telecom
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