Cruise & Ferry
Demand in maritime passenger markets is expected to reach 47 Gbps by 2026. HTS services are predicated to drive significant adoption with better coverage, more affordable bandwidth and lower-cost equipment.
As traffic demands surge, the number of vessels per passenger per ship increases, and vessel numbers grow, value-added connectivity services are becoming a bigger selling point for the cruise market than ever before. Cruise ships are demanding hundreds of Mbps for the many passengers connected to their personal communications devices.
While passengers expect bandwidth for entertainment, such as streaming video and high-speed internet, the crew and captain require more bandwidth for applications such as telemedicine, crew welfare, navigational charts, weather pattern monitoring, mechanical system monitoring, POS and inventory management, and more.
The leisure market represents the second largest market in maritime and market expansion is largely driving growth. Vessels rely on VSAT connectivity primarily for TV, live video streaming, video conferencing, passenger connectivity, crew welfare, and ship tracking. According to analysts new ship orders in the superyacht and general leisure markets remain strong demanding higher bandwidth options.