- OneWeb and Marlink have joined hands for the trial of LEO connectivity in maritime on two ships.
- The first trials will be on an offshore support vessel and a cruise ferry.
OneWeb has partnered with Marlink for the first live trial of low earth orbit connectivity in maritime on two ships, says Riviera.
OneWeb and Marlink
OneWeb’s service will be trialled in ships and combined into Marlink’s smart hybrid network at Marlink’s Eik teleport, Norway.
Marlink will test the OneWeb maritime service, assessing throughput, latency, and integrity and testing hardware for stability, signal tracking, and handover capacity.
The vessel installation is set for Q4 2022.
The trials will be on a cruise ferry and on an offshore support vessel The engineers will have periodic opportunities to go on board for examinations and adjustments.
Intellian’s new user terminal comprises a core module from Hughes Network Systems. The Installations will include two Intellian antennas and below-deck terminal electronics.
The module facilitates very fast handovers between satellites passing overhead. The terminal has been specially developed for the extremes of the maritime climate.
OneWeb vice president of Europe and maritime Carole Plessy said the LEO network said the partnership will “bring a completely new kind of connectivity to maritime users, providing a high level of quality and performance that will deliver a richer, more immersive and terrestrial-like user experience on board ships.”
Marlink president for maritime Tore Morten Olsen said, “OneWeb will be a valuable addition to the Marlink smart network solutions portfolio, providing further choice for our customers with new LEO services. We will start OneWeb trials on vessels where we can get on board for connecting the hardware and have full access to monitor the system.”
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