Thursday, June 6, 2019

Big Claims Made for New Generation Satellites Targeting Ocean Shipping Communications

Maritime Industry Targeted by Low Earth Orbit Technology
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – Global communications company OneWeb, has partnered with others to target the maritime industry and bring what they claim to be the first 'fibre-like' connectivity service to the market. OneWeb's network will look to produce a tenfold increase in bandwidth to the ocean shipping industry.

The company says that more than 75% of people at sea are unconnected or lacking consistent connectivity and that its global network and new user terminals will be specially designed to provide a secure digital connectivity platform, with the hopes of delivering low latency, high-speed service, setting the stage for a digital ship evolution.

Partnering with communications technology groups, Cobham and Intellian, which represent 75% of the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) install base, OneWeb’s user terminals will aim to offer a portfolio of future-proof terminals with a variety of performance levels and sizes meeting the needs of many maritime markets including: merchant shipping, offshore, passenger, leisure and commercial fishing.

The next-generation low-earth orbit (LEO) user terminals will be developed based on field-proven stabilising antennas delivering ultimate application performance at sea exceeding today’s quality of service standards. From faster downloads to enabling better video streaming and the use of cloud applications, these new terminals will look to optimise installations. Importantly, the antennas will simplify network configurations and provide what OneWeb says will be superior value versus traditional maritime satellite equipment.

The company added that its connectivity will enable new efficiencies for the maritime industry, providing critical coverage in the polar and Arctic regions, and lowering the total cost of ownership. Nicolas Zibell, OneWeb Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Our vision is fully customised maritime broadband services that will meet the needs of all ships and fleets, in any location. We are excited to launch OneWeb to the Maritime Industry alongside a high-quality ecosystem of partners.”