Marlink has added new satellites and beams to its global Sealink VSAT network to provide broader flexible access to reliable, high-speed Internet connectivity, enabling operational, crew and guest communications in the fast-growing adventure cruising and superyacht markets.
Adding new capacity is part of Marlink’s strategy to offer a multi-layered network of high-power overlapping beams, delivering redundancy in congested or remote areas to ensure access to high-quality voice and data services.
“As demand for bandwidth increases in all maritime verticals, our combination of satellites, beams and overall orbital spread enables us to maximise the availability, speed, flexibility and agility of the connectivity services we provide, whilst ensuring high throughput even thousands of miles from the equator,” said Tore Morten Olsen (pictured), President Maritime, Marlink.
The new coverage in the Northwest Passage, the Mediterranean and Caribbean delivers even more potential for digital transformation in the adventure cruise and superyacht sectors, the company claimed. With even more satellites and beams added, Marlink offers one of the largest VSAT networks dedicated to maritime users, offering both beam and frequency redundancy.
A new satellite has been added to the Marlink VSAT network to augment Ku-band coverage in the Northwest Passage, from the east coast of Canada to the western tip of Alaska, helping to open the region further for cruise ships and superyachts exploring the Arctic.
“With sea ice receding, due to climate change, larger vessels are now able to further explore the Northwest Passage, which is generating significant extra demand for connectivity. Choosing a provider with more sources of high throughput services enabled by redundant and overlapping satellite coverage ensures quality of service, resulting in more uptime even in the most remote regions,” said Olsen.
Marlink has also added new widebeam high throughput satellite (HTS) coverage to overlap existing capacity in more traditional cruise and yachting regions, illuminating the entire Mediterranean.
More capacity has also been added for seasonal peak demands, and additional coverage has been added in the most popular Caribbean yachting destinations. Cruise ships, yachts and commercial vessels crossing the Atlantic are now also supported by extra capacity to stay connected at sea at all times.