Maritime Internet - Deepsea & Offshore

Deepsea & Offshore Internet Solutions

Once you are out of the reach of a terrestrial internet connection you will have to revert to a satellite link to keep you connected.

The first option for satellite internet at sea are the solutions provided by Iridium, Inmarsat and Thuraya. These systems were designed for use in remote places and each has good coverage at sea, with Iridium providing service even in high latitudes.

The hardware is relatively inexpensive between $5,000 and $10,000 and handheld units, which are getting better at maintaining connections, can be bought for less than a $1000.

While the hardware is “cheap”, the per-minute cost of connectivity is very expensive with rates measured per megabyte in addition to the time spent connecting. The slow data rates combined with high connection costs means this solution is not good for doing much beyond downloading text-only emails.

Regional and Global VSAT

If all of the above solutions don't offer the service you need then you might have to look into a VSAT satellite connection. Satellite connections come in different forms and prices and unless you are a satellite professional we recommend to ask for advice before making a decision. This is an ever changing market and it can save or cost you a lot of money and headaches.

The firtst two aspects you should look into are whether you will go for a Metered or Flat Fee service, and whether this service should be Regional or Global