High speed bandwidth flexibility available to cruise ship operators

2019-06-17T12:07:37+00:00 June 17th, 2019|Technology|

Marlink launched Sealink Flex VSAT connectivity service at Nor-Shipping last week.

Sealink Flex provides customers with new levels of high-speed bandwidth flexibility and a variety of options for seasonal users, making it ideal for companies with variable service requirements and specific regional connectivity demands, such as those involved in cruise/passenger operations..

The new service offers more than 100 bandwidth choices, enabling cruise companies to select the one which best addresses their operational, administrative, crew and guest requirements, while a range of antenna widths – from 85cm to 1.5m – means that the service is available for almost any vessel size.

Moving to Sealink Flex is easy and economical, as the new VSAT service is compatible with a variety of existing communication management platforms, Marlink claimed.

Bandwidth can be temporarily increased or decreased for periods ranging from a single day to several months, with guaranteed minimum rates. A rapid response to bandwidth alteration requests allows this to be processed and resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible.

In addition, the creation of six high-speed zones in strategic offshore areas worldwide focuses on giving Sealink Flex users the fastest available onboard internet access, with large bandwidth boosts available on request – a benefit of particular relevance to charter companies and vessel owner/operators.

“Sealink Flex represents a winning combination – the reassurance of a fixed monthly cost for minimum rates with total control over your high-speed bandwidth usage,” Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink, explained.“The presence of our high-speed coverage zones permits offshore users to tailor their bandwidth accordingly if, for example, they need to cater for the needs of additional guests on board, or if they have urgent business communications to manage within a set time limit.”

In another move, Newtec and Marlinkhave extended their partnershipto future-proof Marlink’s global VSAT network.

As a result, Marlink will adopt the patented Newtec Dialog platform to evolve and enhance its VSAT services.

This agreement builds on the companies’ long-term co-operation in the enterprise market.

Marlink will expand the use of the Newtec platform for all maritime customers with vessels of all types. Leveraging the full potential of its global Sealink VSAT network, maritime customers will benefit from increased throughput, as well as IT and digital solutions to support their digital transformation.

Newtec Dialog is a singleand multi-service VSAT platform that allows operators and service providers to build and adapt infrastructure and satellite networking according to their business or missions. It gives operators the power to offer a variety of mobile and fixed services on a single platform, all of which can be delivered to customers operating remotely.