OneWeb launches maritime service

Low earth orbit (LEO) satellite operator OneWeb has launched its maritime connectivity service and is now taking bookings from shipping companies, offering potential bandwidth speeds of more than 100 Mbps to vessels at sea on a ‘Try Before You Buy’ basis.

With 634 OneWeb operational satellites now in orbit, the OneWeb constellation is fully operational down to 35 degrees latitude, and the company says that it is on course to have its final ground stations completed and operational requirements in place to deliver full global maritime services by the end of the year.

Based on a Service Level Agreement (SLA) model, OneWeb customers can choose flexibility underpinned by guaranteed service levels, defined by CIR (Committed Information Rate) and/or MIR (Maximum Information Rate) packages.

OneWeb partners Intellian and Kymeta have also developed a range of hardware terminal products for users to choose from.

“Since unveiling our commitment to the maritime community at Nor-Shipping four years ago, the demand for ubiquitous high-speed connectivity across the globe has surged exponentially,” said Carole Plessy, VP Europe and Maritime at OneWeb.

“Today, OneWeb’s complete satellite constellation is successfully deployed, enabling us to now launch our guaranteed connectivity services to the maritime industry.”

OneWeb distribution partner Speedcast was confirmed as having completed the first live deployment of the new maritime service. Following successful engineering trials, Intellian OW70M terminals have been installed on the RV Polarstern in partnership with German shipping company Reederei F. Laeisz.

“We’re excited to partner with OneWeb on the first live deployment of its LEO maritime connectivity network for our customer, supporting the research efforts of AWI and international scientists aboard the RV Polarstern,” said Andre Eerland, Vice President, Commercial Maritime at Speedcast.

“This project represents an important step forward in a changing industry landscape, where customers now have more options than ever to ensure reliable and seamless connectivity while operating in the most remote places on earth. We’re proud to work with innovative partners, such as OneWeb and Intellian, to deliver critical connectivity solutions as customers continue to embrace the benefits of multi-path, multi-orbit technologies.”

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