Exploris implements hybrid connectivity with LEO, GEO and GSM

French expedition cruise company Exploris has installed a new hybrid connectivity network system from Marlink on board the vessel Exploris One, including LEO services from Eutelsat OneWeb, Starlink and Iridium, as well as GEO VSAT, TV-RO and 5G GSM.

The equipment was deployed during a vessel refit in Valparaiso, Chile, and will be used to power the ethernet/Wi-Fi network and the customer portal on board the 144-guest ship.

Designed to serve the French-speaking leisure market, Exploris One began voyages in December 2023 to South America and the Antarctic Circle, with a further 32 departures expected during its inaugural season.

The programme features itineraries to locations including Antarctica, the Atlantic Islands, Western Europe, Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland, Canadian Arctic and South America.

“Exploris has a mission dedicated to bringing new and exciting locations to life for our guests and enabling them to share their experiences with friends and family in real time,” said Philippe Videau, President, Exploris.

“Marlink shares our vision of providing excellence to our guests and keeping the vessel safe and connected wherever it is sailing.”

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