Marlink, a Norway-based satellite connectivity solution provider for the maritime industry, has upgraded very small aperture terminal (VSAT) connectivity across Stena Line’s fleet of 25 passenger ferries.
Based in Sweden, Stena Line operates ferry services across Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and the UK.
As part of the upgrade, Marlink has more than trebled the bandwidth in Stena Line’s fleet-wide closed user group (CUG) service, and integrated GSM 3/4G services for connectivity during voyages, in addition to in-port internet Wi-Fi networks.
With the upgrade, Stena Line aims to offer faster internet speeds to its passengers, and provide access to social media and other connectivity services.
Stena Line commercials ship communication and systems head Raimo Warkki said: "The passenger experience is a high priority for us when it comes to on-board communication.
"This upgrade ensures that we better meet the fast-changing needs of ferry passengers, who today expect a seamless, always available connection to the Internet in addition to high-quality, cost-effective voice calling.
"Our new multi-band service from Marlink allows us to deliver the experience our passengers want."
The upgrade includes a combination of Sealink VSAT, GSM 3/4G and Wi-Fi that enable hundreds of separate high-speed Wi-Fi connections for Stena Line’s ship fleet.
Apart from offering the flexibility to optimise connectivity based on demands, the Sealink VSAT CUG configuration ensures high bandwidth and availability of voice and internet access.
Previously, the CUG was based on a different bandwidth allocation, which all the vessels in Stena Line’s fleet could access on a shared basis.
Following the upgrade, vessels receiving connectivity within 3G/4G coverage areas or Wi-Fi while in port will require less from the VSAT CUG capacity, providing more satellite bandwidth to be available for other vessels and passengers at sea using the VSAT CUG.
Marlink’s multi-band configuration will also help the vessels to switch automatically between Sealink VSAT and 3G/4G, in addition to making use of into port Wi-Fi services when docked.
Image: Marlink has more than trebled the bandwidth in Stena Line’s fleet-wide closed user group (CUG) service. Photo: courtesy of Marlink.