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OneWeb launches connectivity for maritime sector

OneWeb, the global low Earth orbit (LEO) communications network, announces it is launching its “Try Before You Buy” maritime service. The service will take bookings from maritime users who want to benefit from OneWeb’s 100mbps+ enterprise-grade flexible connectivity packages at sea.

With 634 OneWeb operational satellites now in orbit, the OneWeb constellation is complete and fully operational down to 35 degrees latitude. OneWeb will have the final ground stations completed and operational requirements in place, ensuring the company remains on track to deliver full global maritime services by the end of the year. Now OneWeb will start selling services to the maritime industry, via its specialist maritime distribution partners.

OneWeb and its partners have also developed a range of hardware terminal products which are available from trusted maritime communications providers Intellian and Kymeta. Offering hardware terminal products from two established providers with different form factors enables greater choice for customers.

Based on a Service Level Agreement (SLA) model, OneWeb customers can choose flexibility underpinned by guaranteed service levels, defined by straightforward CIR (Committed Information Rate) and/or MIR (Maximum Information Rate) packages.

A fully encrypted network uses a layered service approach to ensure complete privacy while multiple service profiles can segregate crew and operational traffic on the same terminal.

Carole Plessy, VP Europe and Maritime at OneWeb said: “Since unveiling our commitment to the maritime community at Nor-Shipping four years ago, the demand for ubiquitous high-speed connectivity across the globe has surged exponentially.

“Today, OneWeb’s complete satellite constellation is successfully deployed, enabling us to now launch our guaranteed connectivity services to the maritime industry. In perfect synergy with Nor-Shipping’s central theme of #PartnerShip, OneWeb has achieved this significant milestone by forging strong collaborations with our esteemed industry partners – leveraging their extensive expertise in developing, deploying and servicing certified, scalable and responsible connectivity solutions to the maritime industry.

“We look forward to launching OneWeb’s “Try Before You Buy” maritime service and connecting with customers at Nor-Shipping to help them find the best solutions for their connectivity needs.” CT Bureau

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