OneWeb, experts in global communications, has partnered with the maritime industry to bring the first fiber-like connectivity service to the market.
According to a statement, OneWeb’s new network will bring a tenfold increase in bandwidth to the maritime shipping industry.
Approximately 75% of people at sea are unconnected and lacking consistent connectivity and the global network and new user terminals will be specifically designed to provide a secure digital connectivity platform, delivering low latency, high-speed evolution – setting the stage for digital evolution.
To that end, it will see OneWeb partner with industry leaders Cobham and Intellian, who represent 75% of the VSAT install base.
OneWeb’s user terminals will offer a portfolio of future-proof terminals with a variety of performance levels and sizes meeting the needs of many maritime markets.
Our Head of Maritime Product Development, Carole Plessy, is speaking at #norshipping: “Connectivity is a human right. OneWeb will connect your ship, empower your crew and do it so well that you will forget you are connected by satellite” ️ pic.twitter.com/fWf3Jsn1Zh
— OneWeb (@OneWeb) June 5, 2019
These next-generation LEO user terminals will be developed based on field-proven stabilizing antennas delivering ultimate application performance at sea, exceeding today’s quality of service standards.
A recent Port Technology technical paper from Nokia explored the potential of 5G and wireless networks in the maritime sector
By optimizing Cloud applications, these new terminals will obtain faster downloads and improved video streaming and optimize installations.
Importantly, the antennas will simplify network configurations and provide superior value versus traditional maritime satellite equipment.
According to OneWeb, these new efficiencies will give the maritime industry critical coverage in the polar and the Arctic regions and lowering the total cost of ownership.
Nicolas Zibell, OneWeb Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Our vision is fully customized 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.”
The network will available for customer demonstrations in 2020 and for commercial use in 2021.