Along with other industries, the maritime industry is rapidly evolving and the latest technologies are revolutionizing the way cruise ships and yachts operate. Current maritime internet at sea maybe expensive and slow, while cruise ships have generally gotten a bad reputation for offering travelers slow and expensive Wi-Fi on board. However, the maritime industry's appetite for data bandwidth is growing and there are some advantages, but also some drawbacks to consider for satellite-based maritime internet.
Satellite-based maritime internet is reliable, making it ideal for travelers, sailors, and ships to stay connected while at sea and improved communications systems further enhance navigation capabilities. Satellite-based maritime internet is much faster than terrestrial internet, making it ideal for streaming video, downloading larger files, and other activities that require a fast connection. The main drawbacks of satellite-based maritime internet are cost and potential unreliability in certain areas.
Maritime internet connections are essential for vessels that need to stay connected while at sea. A leading mobile SD-WAN solution provider collaborated with Lanner to design a jointly-developed hardware platform, which required the following features.
● High Availability
The platform must be capable of integrating satellite communications and 5G networks, managing multiple wide area network (WAN) links for more reliable connections.
● Scalable and Various Modular Design Expansions
The communication appliance must provide multiple NIC slots for LTE/5G, fiber, and Ethernet to satellite-based communications, combining the bandwidth of multiple connections to create one non-stop high-speed network for seamless connectivity even in remote areas.
The 5G outdoor cellular router must be able to withstand harsh, wet environments while maintaining powerful performance.
Lanner’s platform allows an integration of satellite-based connections with 5G and other connections to create an enhanced reliable solution.
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