Marlink to Integrate with North Sea 4G Communications Network

4G connectivity is available in pretty much every metropolitan area of the world, and oddly enough, in the middle of the North Sea as well. Since 2013, offshore communications provider Tampnet been providing 4G wireless connectivity on the high seas via its network of base stations located on the myriad of fixed offshore platforms. Approximately 3,000 kilometers of fiber optic … [Read more...]

Prelude and Ichthys Projects to Gain 2000km Optical Fiber Link to Shore

Ichthys LNG and Prelude FLNG, major capital projects currently under development by INPEX and Shell, respectively, have announced plans to invest in a subsea optical fiber cable system to provide a high-speed data and voice communications conduit for the two facilities linking them to shore from Australia's Browse basin. Winning the contract to build, own and operate the … [Read more...]

Want to Access the gCaptain Forum at Sea? Try Inmarsat’s FleetOne

[SPONSORED] While in Tokyo at Sea Japan the other week, I met up with Peter Broadhurst, Vice President at Inmarsat Maritime who was introducing a new service to the marine market called FleetOne. Imagine you're the type of person who on occasion, spends two to three days, or perhaps a week offshore.  You're probably either working on a fishing boat or a yacht most likely, … [Read more...]

Not the End of History: Some Ruminations on Maritime Communications, Part 1

Tim Farrar is an analyst and blogger who has been covering the satellite industry since the mid-1990s. We had crossed paths before, notably discussing his End of History blog and when he posted again about Inmarsat‘s moves in maritime, the time seemed right to have a proper chat with the man for his views on the evolving maritime satcomms space and how the main players … [Read more...]

Stolt Tankers to Get High-Speed Internet at Sea

While at Nor-Shipping 2013, Marlink announced that Stolt Tankers has chosen the Sealink Global Ku-band VSAT service to upgrade its entire fleet of deep sea and regional tankers.  The contract, signed in April 2013, covers the provision of Sealink to 90 tankers, resulting in significant bandwidth enhancements across the fleet, meeting Stolt’s changing connectivity … [Read more...]