Following a successful trial on Irish Ferries’ ropax ‘WB Yeats’, Voyager IP’s patented Xiplink service was extended to the ropax ‘Ulysses’ in May, 2022.
For Irish Ferries, higher bandwidth and always-on connectivity is critical in delivering a quality user experience for ferry passengers and crew all year round. However, the common challenges faced by satellite networks on passenger vessels include many simultaneous users, a high number of concurrent TCP sessions, high latency, and asymmetric connections.
To meet these challenges, Voyager IP recommended Xiplink end-to-end WAN optimiser solution alongside its existing KA VSAT service. Xiplink supports SCPS (space communications protocols specification), specifically targeted at accelerating satellite and wireless IP networks.
A close collaboration was formed between Voyager IP, Telenor Satellite and Irish Continental Group, the parent of Irish Ferries, to manage the systems integration between the hub side and remote side.
From the user perspective, the biggest benefit of the new Xiplink service is the substantially improved quality of experience enjoyed when accessing the internet.
For Irish Ferries, it offers QoS data management, thus affording the most important connections the highest priority throughout, Voyager IP claimed.
Brian Short, Information Security Manager at Irish Continental Group, said “Managing the bandwidth demands of multiple data and voice services has been a challenge for Irish Ferries. The traffic management and bandwidth optimisation features offered by Xiplink have been instrumental in enhancing the on board experience for our customers, while also protecting revenue-generating services.
“Our partnerships with Voyager IP and Telenor have been vital to the success of this project, and we look forward to working with them to further develop our use of Xiplink,” he said.