- OneWeb and Kymeta bring LEO connectivity service to superyachts.
- It will be showcased in the up-coming Monaco Yacht Show with service starting from March 2023.
- The parties completed their pilot tests for the superyacht market in August and experienced speeds of 200Mbps download and 20Mbps upload.
OneWeb and Kymeta, the world-leading company for flat panel antennas, will introduce their joint superyacht offering at Monaco Yacht Show with a low Earth orbit (LEO) connectivity and antenna combination specifically designed for superyachts.
OneWeb successfully tested its LEO connectivity with two Kymeta antennas at sea off the coast of Monaco at the end of August. The pilot tests demonstrated high-speed connectivity with speeds up to 200Mbps download and 20Mbps upload to enable voice calls, streaming, and video gaming with continuous, seamless coverage. OneWeb’s global and mid-ocean connectivity removes the need to choose regional options or worry about changing the service depending on the charter routes. Alongside a ubiquitous connectivity experience at sea, other important considerations for superyacht owners include privacy, security, navigation, real-time maintenance, and regulatory compliance, all of which require high-speed (greater than 50Mbps) and low-latency (100 milliseconds or lower) connectivity. OneWeb’s LEO connectivity now means that online gaming platforms, accessing the Cloud, streaming movies and never missing an important game can be added to the work and entertainment options on-board.
Design onboard is key and the antenna needed for this high-speed connectivity does not need to be bulky. Kymeta’s unique high-bandwidth, low-power, fully-integrated flat panel antenna offers an exciting new choice for yacht owners. The recent pilot test also showed that the Kymeta terminals can be installed onboard within hours, not days, with just two people and no need for cranes or specialist installation equipment. OneWeb services will be available through OneWeb’s certified yachting partners, who are experts in the LEO connectivity ecosystem, and will support Captains in offering a real home from home connectivity experience – reliable, efficient and resilient no matter where they are at sea.
Carole Plessy, VP Maritime and Europe at OneWeb, said: “Superyacht owners immediately understand that greater connectivity and technology improves both the safety, comfort and luxury onboard. OneWeb offers terrestrial grade connectivity from Space so that owners and guests can connect anywhere at sea as easily and seamlessly as you would at home…”. The superyacht tests are part of OneWeb and Kymeta’s joint commitment to develop and bring to market by early 2023 a unique dual u8-based LEO terminal offering that is especially suited for application onboard superyachts because of its easy installation and low profile design.
“We are hugely excited that the recent tests represent our first superyacht maritime trial. It’s an exciting new step forward for high-speed connectivity. By testing and launching a game-changing LEO connectivity service for superyachts, we are delivering on our promise to give customers…” said Neville Meijers, EVP, Chief Strategy, Product and Marketing Officer at Kymeta.
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