Hullo ferries to connect on Viasat Ka-band network

Viasat has partnered with Hullo by the Vancouver Island Ferry Company to offer passenger connectivity aboard Hullo’s two new high-speed ferries, Spuhéls and Sthuqi’.

The two vessels have recently entered service connecting passengers between Downtown Vancouver and Downtown Nanaimo, and will be connected to Viasat’s Ka-band satellite network.

“Hullo’s service launch marks a welcome disruption to the expectations of connectivity on a passenger ferry service,” said Shameem Hashmi, VP of Global Markets at Viasat.

“Viasat’s service is designed to allow Hullo’s passengers to do whatever they want or need to do on a connected device, including streaming; it’s that simple.”

The onboard systems will offer Wi-Fi to passengers capable of streaming sports, TV shows, and movies to allow them to stay connected during the 70-minute journey between Vancouver and Nanaimo, much of which is out of range of a cellular connection.

“We take considerable pride in the guest experience we are creating aboard the new Hullo service,” said Alastair Caddick, CEO of Hullo. “And that undoubtedly includes providing an ‘at-home-like’ Wi-Fi connection with our partners at Viasat. We know how important connectivity is to our guests so they can work, browse, and socialise reliably like they can nearly anywhere else.”

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