VSAT Upgrade for 27 Stena Ferries

Latest VSAT technology and services with HTS compatibility and 3G/terrestrial integration enable dynamic allocation of bandwith amongst fleet ships.

Stena Line has contracted Marlink to upgrade 27 ferries in Scandinavian, Irish Sea and North Sea operation with the latest VSAT services and technology, in order to increase available bandwidth and enhance connectivity services.

The upgrade will consist of a full solution Ku-band roll-out on Marlink’s Sealink customized VSAT service including equipment upgrades to state-of-the-art of antennas, modems, and routers.

The new long term contract consists of ‘cutting edge’ technology, with next generation HTS (High Throughput Satellite) compatibility.

Stena Line will initially have access to 25Mbit/s to meet needs from business, crew and passengers. Marlink is currently operating a test network on the next generation iDirect system including IDX 3.2 and X7, which once approved will provide further bandwidth throughput and service availability.

“Connectivity is a key differentiator for Stena Line. High quality telephony and Internet access support our passengers’ satisfaction, crew welfare and operational efficiency,” said Raimo Warkki, Commercials, Ship communication & systems, Stena IT.

“We have worked closely with Marlink for several years to develop and apply innovative new communication solutions designed to reduce costs and provide us with the facility to offer market leading connectivity services, which help to differentiate our offering in a very competitive marketplace.

Marlink also developed integrated ship-shore telephony where all ships and three shore offices are interconnected via one switch board, to allow calls in all possible directions between land offices and the fleet.

June 5, 2014



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