Marlink is set to launch a new hybrid communications service called Sealink Global 4G, combining GSM services when in range of cellular networks with VSAT connectivity when out of coverage or in restricted areas.
The Sealink Global 4G service package is based on an onboard connectivity kit with options including a Wi-Fi antenna, a Global 4G subscription and a subscription to Tampnet, the offshore GSM-based communication network for vessels operating in the North Sea or the Gulf of Mexico.
The service automatically switches to the best available connectivity source using in-built intelligent routing software, though Marlink notes that users can apply their own preferences and connect to 4G when VSAT is also available.
“Sealink Global 4G’s low-latency, high throughput connectivity is a cost-effective back-up solution and complement to our global multi-band Sealink VSAT services,” said Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink.
“Crucially, it provides always-on connectivity even in areas where satellite communications are restricted.”
Marlink says that the service has already been successfully tested by customers in different regions around the world ahead of its commercial launch in June.