Google Nexus 7 Ad Strikes Familiar Chord

Check out this new commercial released by Google UK for their Nexus 7 tablet, featuring a homesick engineer perk up when he is able to video chat with his family back home on Christmas. There's no doubt that the commercial strikes a familiar chord amongst those who are away at sea during the holiday season. Unfortunately, for most the reality of the situation can be … [Read more...]

Swire Pacific’s Fleet Gets Unlimited Internet Access

Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO), a Singapore-based leading service provider to the offshore oil and gas industry, is upgrading to Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband (FB) Unlimited plan. The “all-you-can-eat” service will be provided on 65 of SPO’s vessels by Inmarsat partner Station711, the mobile satellite arm of RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd (NASDAQ: … [Read more...]

At-Sea Internet with Frickin’ Laser Beams

gCaptain readers struggling with slow internet connectivity at sea will be excited by recent news from the Virginia-based company Laser Light.  The company is planning to launch the world's first commercial satellite communications constellation based entirely on optical wave (laser) technology. The planned constellation will consist of 12 laser-equipped satellites (8 … [Read more...]

350Mbps VSAT Service Announced Aboard World’s Largest Cruise Ship

O3b Networks today announced a milestone multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to provide high-speed satellite-delivered broadband service aboard the world's largest cruise ship. By summer 2013, more than 8,000 guests, staff and crew members aboard the cruise industry leader's flagship Oasis of the Seas – under the Royal Caribbean … [Read more...]

NYK To Upgrade Entire Fleet To Broadband

Is your ship still relying on text-only emails sent via the GMDSS terminal. Most still are but this is a truly antiquated way to run a fleet of ships, especially ones running on tight schedules. NYK has taken the leap and decided to integrate broadband internet on all of its containerships. And, in addition to more effective management and increases in crew moral, NYK believes … [Read more...]