Marine Internet Cost Comparison

A Marine Internet connection can be achieved in several ways and comes in various shapes and sizes so it is important that before you start considering what to install you already have a rough idea of the costs involved.

The first decision to make is whether terrestrial internet (3G, 4G, WiFi or LTE, ...)would be a solution for you. These solutions can work well if you sail not too far from the coast and don't use extensive bandwidth as tere subscriptions are rarely unlimited (read the fine prints).

If you need internet beyond the reach of terrestrial internet then you will have to look into some of the solutions below. They are all satellite connections but depending on the bandwidth and use it can go from 'not cheap' to 'very expensive'. This list is not exhaustive and you should always talk to a satellite professional you can trust

Iridium Openport

Iridium Openport

Max speed: 128kbps
Initial Cost $4.500-6.000
Recurring Cost: Volume and Call Time

Global solution for occasional email and phone calls. Pay by data volume and calltime, expensive if used frequently.

Fleetbroadband

Fleetbroadband

Max speed: 150/284/432 kbps (FB150/FB250/FB500)
Cost $4.000-16.000
Recurring Cost: Volume and Call Time

Global coverage for occasional internet, e-mails and calls. Pay by data volume and calltime, expensive if used frequently.

Astra Broadband

Astra Broadband

Max speed: 4 mbps
Cost $16.000-35.000
Recurring Cost: up to $900 per month

Regional European for regular internet, email and phonecalls. The service has a fair use policy so speeds will decrease as usage increases. Good for low usage at a fixed price. 2mbps = €500/month

VSAT 60cm

VSAT 60cm

Max speed: 4 mbps
Cost $25.000-40.000
Recurring Cost: > $500 depending on speed

Regional coverage for regular internet use, email and phone calls. Flat fee rates cost depends on subscription speed

VSAT 100cm

VSAT 100cm

Max speed: 20 mbps Ku/Ka Band
Cost $50.000-65.000
Recurring Cost: > $500 depending on speed

Regional coverage for regular internet use, email and phone calls. Flat fee rates cost depends on subscription speed, but less expensive than for 60cm

VSAT C-Band 240cm

VSAT 240cm

Max speed: 10 mbps C-Band
Cost $100.000 and more
Recurring Cost: > $1000 depending on speed

Global coverage for regular internet use, email and phone calls. Flat fee rates cost depends on subscription speed.