Marlink, a leader in smart network and digital solutions, has achieved a maritime first by integrating Starlink and Eutelsat OneWeb LEO internet services on PONANT’s Le Commandant Charcot. This luxury icebreaker, unique in its class, is now equipped with the most advanced connectivity solutions for its polar itineraries.
A Ground-breaking Integration in Maritime Connectivity
This installation marks the first in the maritime sector to combine Marlink’s Sealink GEO VSAT with Starlink, Eutelsat OneWeb, and Iridium LEO services. This hybrid network is designed to offer PONANT the flexibility to select backbone VSAT for guaranteed data throughput while augmenting polar coverage with the high-speed, low-latency capabilities of Starlink and Eutelsat OneWeb. The integration of these services will enable higher speed connections for both guests and crew, enhancing the overall experience onboard.
Unparalleled Internet Access in Remote Locations
Le Commandant Charcot, a hybrid electric Polar exploration vessel, is the only luxury icebreaking cruise ship in the world. It offers voyages to some of the most remote and isolated regions of the polar world, including the geographic North Pole, the Weddell Sea, the Ross Sea, and Peter I Island. The enhanced connectivity ensures seamless collaboration between the ship’s crew and shore teams, as well as improved communication with friends and family.
Service Level Agreements for Optimal Performance
Operating under a Service Level Agreement (SLA) model, the initiative defines service levels by Committed Information Rate (CIR) and Maximum Information Rate (MIR). This approach ensures that the network is fully encrypted, employing a layered service strategy to guarantee complete privacy while segregating crew and operational traffic on the same terminal.
Expansion of Global Maritime Services
With Eutelsat OneWeb’s constellation of 634 satellites now fully operational, global maritime services, especially in remote and high-latitude areas, will be significantly enhanced. Eutelsat OneWeb offers connectivity services to the maritime sector through specialised partners like Marlink.
Commitment to Digitalisation and High-Quality Experience
Carole Plessy, VP of Europe and Maritime at Eutelsat OneWeb, emphasised the significance of this new generation of broadband services for maritime, powered by LEO satellites. This collaboration aims to support PONANT in its digitalisation efforts and provide guests with a high-quality internet experience. Tore Morten Olsen, President of Maritime at Marlink, highlighted the importance of integrating the latest technologies to improve the user experience onboard, supporting safer and more efficient sailing.
The integration of Starlink and Eutelsat OneWeb on Le Commandant Charcot by Marlink represents a significant leap in maritime connectivity, particularly for vessels operating in extreme and remote conditions. This development underscores the commitment to leveraging cutting-edge technology to enhance maritime operations and passenger experience.
Marlink is a renowned provider of smart network solutions and digital services, specialising in enhancing connectivity for maritime operations across the globe.
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