Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2022

3 5 Delivering high-speed connectivity at sea Marlink makes digitalisation a reality for cruise operators Content connectivity solutions provider SES has developed Cruise mPOWERED, which delivers the ubiquitous, low latency highspeed connectivity service cruise ships need to meet growing bandwidth demands. The solution is built on SES’s advanced highperformance O3b mPOWER constellation network, which will allow the cruise ships to leverage a resilient, global network. Cruise mPOWERED aims to deliver an always-on, fibre-like connectivity experience, as well as seamless and secure access to cloud-based platforms and applications for shipboard productivity, passenger communications and entertainment. Satellites are scheduled to launch in the first half of 2022 and service is expected to begin later this year. The demand for data at sea has resulted in the development of more complex bandwidth solutions, whether it be for passengers, crew or ship systems. This is especially true since no single satellite network can service all the locations and requirements of the global cruise market. Marlink has made digitalisation a reality for cruise operators through a hybrid, ‘smart network’ approach that combines satellite constellations on different frequencies, in different bands and at different altitudes to create a bespoke solution for each ship. Marlink’s solution provides a combination of signals from highthroughput geostationary satellites, existing low-earth orbit satellites, 5G and soon, the new generation of nongeostationary services. SES’s new solution is built on its nextgeneration 03b mPOWER constellation network and is set to launch this year Communication solutions provider adopts a hybrid, ‘smart network’ approach for dealing with complex bandwidth challenges