Maritime Hybrid Connectivity

“smart hybrid connectivity” “hybrid connectivity for digital transformation at sea”, “hybrid networks enhance maritime connectivity”, “Hybrid networks and SDWAN features: the new Maritime Connectivity standard”, … all of them bespoke and from global leaders in the field. 2021 has been resonating with “Hybrid Everywhere” as being the new solution for all your digital transformation troubles. …

How to manage VSAT when travel is restricted

Early 2020 … we were all confronted with the initial Covid-19 outbreak. Life pretty much came to a stand-still and working from home became the norm. Assisting clients whose satellite communication was experiencing issues became something that we had to do over the phone. New installations, especially abroad, were put on hold due to the …

Kymeta & OneWeb

OneWeb aims to work with Kymeta on smaller, flat, high-performance user terminals for communications on the move. The Kymeta u8 brings forward another solution to meet the needs of OneWeb’s Government, Military, Enterprise, Maritime and first responder end-customers. Kymeta and OneWeb announced today the successful testing of the Kymeta u8 based LEO terminal with OneWeb’s …

Intellian FB250 & Fleet One

Intellian announced the release of its new FB250 and Fleet One L-Band terminals, providing exceptional value and user experience. The products deliver innovation, reliability, and increased functionality to customers across all maritime segments. The FB250 and Fleet One terminals utilize the Inmarsat Global Fleet Broadband L-Band network ELERA to provide simultaneous data and voice communications. …

OneWeb flat-panel for terrestrial broadband service

While not yet available at sea, it is interesting to see that progress is being made on OneWeb terminals. Of course the first questions already arise: will it be affordable, will it be able to be used On-The-Move, will it be usable at sea and when will there be sufficient coverage? Many questions for now …

5G: why should you care at sea?

5G is used as a general term, it even includes satellite but for the mere mortal cellular users we are there are actually (only) three types of 5G signal that uses different frequencies: low-band, sub 6, and millimetre (mmWave). Low-band 5G uses frequencies below 1Ghz and some providers are currently repurposing their 3G frequency ranges …

Why flat Donuts are no good at Sea

We recently ran a comparison between two LTE Cellular systems on the same vessel and came to the conclusion that one system performed remarkably better than the other while the router hardware was the same, just the antennas were different, although they had the same power rating (9dB). Antenna Radiation patterns While radiation patterns are …

The proof is in the distance of the LTE pudding

Leaving out details when revealing results can lead to wild speculations and disillusion when it turns out that the promise was valid but only in certain cases. You should always taste the pudding before accepting anyone’s claim. How far will your LTE go With maritime cellular communication (3G, 4G & 5G) becoming mainstream on many …

Starlink at Sea as we See it

Recently Starlink has become available over major parts of Europe and it was immediately followed by questions from the maritime world as to when they would be able to benefit from this cheap and ultra-fast service on board while roaming the seven seas. While it is not yet available now, when will it be available …