The numbers speak for themselves. According to COMSYS, VSAT maritime services have grown at a rate of 40% or more annually over the past five years. Market growth of fishing and yachts will top 100,000 by 2026. Cruise ships are demanding 100s of Mbps for the 60% of passengers connected to their personal communications devices. And ships need to transmit terabytes of data over the course of a few months from sensors and operational data aggregation points.
Maritime vessel operators are turning to VSAT broadband networks to improve ship-to-shore communications, boosting business productivity and improving the quality of life for the 1.2 million seafarers that are the backbone of the maritime industry. VSAT technology is not only being deployed for crew connectivity, internet access, email and mobile phone connectivity − it’s also being used to improve the operational efficiency on board a vessel while providing greater access and interaction with resources on shore.
The ST Engineering iDirect platform has revolutionized maritime VSAT communications. Service providers can economically share bandwidth across multiple vessels, operating global fleets while prioritizing each ship’s dynamic requirements without compromising quality and reliability.
Today, more than half of all VSAT remotes deployed on vessels are manufactured by ST Engineering iDirect, and nine of the 10 largest maritime VSAT service providers rely on ST Engineering iDirect’s platform to run their networks.
With the rise of HTS services, the ST Engineering iDirect platform is designed to enable the global delivery of high-performance capacity over spot-beam satellites. Inmarsat, SES, Intelsat and Telenor each are taking their HTS solutions to market over iDirect Velocity® – expanding ST Engineering iDirect’s technology leadership role to a new class of customers and a new generation of VSAT services.