Ka-Band Connectivity to Become Standard on Lufthansa’s A320 Fleet

From Via Satellite

Lufthansa Technik AG has started installing the latest Ka-band satellite technology as standard equipment for the Lufthansa Group’s entire Airbus A320 aircraft family. Together with partners Inmarsat and Lufthansa Systems, the Ka-band satellite technology aims to allow internet coverage on short- and medium-haul flights with Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) network. Passengers can use their own mobile devices to access the Internet via Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN).

The Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) organization will fit a total of around 300 aircraft with the necessary antennas and routers in parallel in up to 10 production lines by spring 2018 at various Lufthansa Technik locations.

Lufthansa Technik currently holds Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for the Airbus A320 family and the Airbus A340 for installing the system. Continue>

All Apps on Board: Now Serving More Data

You could say that the superyacht passenger epitomizes the market standard for connectivity these days.

Once these passengers step aboard, their expectation for unparalleled bandwidth, premium VoIP services and 4K video – present in their everyday lives – is just as fervent out at sea.

Now Serving More DataFor the superyacht owner, that means that along with the high-end concierge service, they must be serving more data than ever.

Both passengers and crew want high-speed internet connectivity and access to content like streaming TV. And VSAT networks must support applications such as bridge communications, weather tracking and ship maintenance.

The superyacht segment within maritime has relied on VSAT for many years, and now that reliance levels up a notch. And as traffic demands surge and the number of devices per passenger per ship increases, superyacht owners are upgrading their VSAT networks to support higher-speed and higher-quality service.

A look at the market shows growth ahead. According to Northern Sky Research’s (NSR) Maritime SATCOM Markets, 4th Edition, there will be 8,200 VSAT-equipped passenger vessels by 2025, up from 4,400 reported at the end of 2015. The general leisure maritime market, of which superyacht is part of, remains strong, with new ship orders demanding higher bandwidth options.

Learn what NSR and maritime VSAT leaders are forecasting for the years ahead.

Passenger markets are poised to move over to HTS-based offerings in GEO and Non-GEO, with almost 24 Gbps of demand by 2025, in addition to 79 TPEs of FSS capacity. HTS services are predicated to drive significant adoption with better coverage, more affordable bandwidth and lower-cost equipment. Read More

Live from Monaco Yacht Show: Kymeta, VT iDirect, Panasonic and Intelsat demo high-speed VSAT system, delivering Internet and TV service over first-of-its-kind flat panel antenna

KymetaiDirect has partnered with flat-panel antenna manufacturer Kymeta and Panasonic Avionics to host a live network demonstration at the Monaco Yacht Show. The demo will stream Panasonic’s eXTV service, as well as Skype sessions and Internet access, running over iDirect’s new high-performance 9350 remote router, which will be connected to Kymeta’s new ultra-sleek flat-panel antenna subsystem module (ASM).

The demo is located in front of Restaurant Le Virage. Streaming TV and free Wi-Fi can be experienced in the VIP lounge during the following times:

  • Wednesday, Sept 28 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, Sept 29 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday, Sept 30 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

The demo is enabled by the iDirect 9350 satellite remote. With the 9350, iDirect introduces a new class of remote ideal for the high-throughput expectations. Targeted at the high-end commercial mobility markets, the 9350 initially features up to 150Mbps of aggregate throughput Adaptive TDMA performance with a software upgrade path to well over 200Mbps via support for Adaptive SCPC.

Kymeta’s ground-breaking mTenna technology is a lightweight, metamaterials-based flat-panel ASM that can be recessed into the structure of super yachts making the ASM invisible. By using metamaterials as the basis of the design instead of a phased array approach the Kymeta ASM consumes an extraordinarily low amount of power – in fact, less than 15 Watts (that’s right, not kilowatts).

The Kymeta solution can scale with the use of the Kymeta antenna combiner to enable significantly higher Internet connection speeds than legacy maritime communications systems and is designed for next-generation GEO, MEO and LEO satellites. Read More

Inmarsat Inks Contract to Deliver Aviation Safety Services in China

From SatNews

Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company (MCN) and Aviation Data Communication Corporation (ADCC) have contracted with satellite operator Inmarsat to provide aviation safety services to Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and operators in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed this week, outlines MCN/ADCC’s intention to offer cockpit communication services, including Inmarsat’s Classic Aero and next generation SwiftBroadband-Safety (SBB-S) services, across the country. The companies expect to finalize the partnership later this year.

Classic Aero is a voice and data safety service that offers satellite surveillance and communications — such as Future Air Navigation System (FANS) and Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) — that meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) global flight tracking requirements. Continue>

All Apps on Board: Meet Demand on Any Level

Meet Demand on Any Level

Picture this: A family of four set to go on a cruise. Dad must remain in contact with the office, taking calls and even a bit of video conferencing. Mom is streaming episodes of her favorite television show on her tablet, while the kids are keeping up their social and gaming profiles using multiple devices.

And now, multiply this by the thousands and what you have is the new reality of serving passengers aboard luxury cruise ships. In fact, more passengers are stepping aboard these luxury cruise liners than ever. According to the Cruise Lines International Association, 24 million passengers will travel via global ocean cruise by the end of 2016, up from the 20.9 million in 2012.

Consider it part of the unrelenting level of demand that comes as a result of being connected across every aspect of our lives these days. In fact, Northern Sky Research (NSR) says value-added connectivity services are becoming a bigger selling point for the cruise market than ever before.

Read our latest maritime feature to learn more about what analysts are forecasting for the future of maritime VSAT.

And along with passenger connectivity comes the need to run safer, more intelligent and productive operations. Crew must stay connected in order to access a vessel’s entire IT network, fix issues remotely, run real-time weather and navigation applications, and provide telehealth. These applications require data communication back to shore and increasingly involve live video. Read More

Maritime & Satellite Industries Coordinate Cyber-Security Strategies

From SatNewsGVF and Digital Ship

Drawing upon the combined expertise of the SATCOM and maritime sectors in order to identify key elements of strategies that enhance network integrity, maritime cyber security was examined on September 8th at Digital Ship’s 2nd Maritime Cyber Risk & Safety Forum at the SMM event.

With leadership from Global VSAT Forum (GVF), critical technologies used for navigation at sea—including GPS (Global Positioning System), AIS (Automatic Identification System), and ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System)—were examined as being among the primary systems being defended from attempted cyber attacks. The panelists also revealed the increased threats influencing decisions made by companies and what strategies are being employed by those in the maritime connectivity sector to address these risks, as well as what opportunities are emerging.

The GVF expert forum evaluated how industry is reacting to increased cyber threats born out of the growing use of Cloud and “Internet of Things” (IoT) applications, the number of devices used, and larger ships with smaller crews—which requires greater reliance on automation and remote monitoring. Policies, guidelines and best practices were central to the discussion, as well as how industry can identify, quantify and mitigate cyber risk. Continue>

Inmarsat Receives Global Satellite Operator Of The Year Award

inmarsatFrom SatNews

On September 14th, at Euroconsult’s 13th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications during their World Business Satellite Week event, Inmarsat was the recipient of the Global Satellite Operator Of The Year award.

Euroconsult, a global consulting firm that specializes in space markets, announced the winning recipients during their hosting of this event and these awards recognize companies and their management for outstanding accomplishments in the satellite sector.
Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts who assess candidates using rigorous qualitative and quantitative criteria.

Michele Franci, Inmarsat Chief Technology Officer, collected the award on behalf of Inmarsat at World Business Satellite Week, which brings together the most influential representatives of the global satellite communications and information business. Continue>

Harris CapRock Received TMT News 2016 Telecoms Award for Maritime and Energy Wireless Communications

Harris CaprockFrom SatNews

Harris CapRock Communications has received the TMT News’ 2016 Telecoms Award for its leadership in maritime and energy wireless communications. The TMT News award recognizes service providers and technology innovators in the telecoms sector. The winners were selected by 136,000 subscribers and industry professionals.

“The Maritime and Energy Wireless Solutions award acknowledges Harris CapRock’s contributions to the industry and our ability to deliver advanced communications around the globe,” said Tracey Haslam, president, Harris CapRock. “It is an honor that so many people recognized our organization based on the value of service we provide.”  Continue>

All Apps on Board – Maritime VSAT Infographic

The demand for VSAT connectivity is surging across core mobility markets today. And for satellite service providers, the imperative has become this: accommodating more people on the network, running more bandwidth-intensive applications, all at the same time.

It could mean supporting a network for a cruise ship community of 5,000 people travelling with more than 10,000 devices combined.  It could mean supporting a high-throughput network on board a superyacht for high-profile millionaires. Or it could mean managing a dynamic mix of passenger and crew applications aboard a commercial airline.

Check out this infographic to learn more:

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SES Launches Global SES Maritime+ Solution To Deliver High-Speed Connectivity To Vessels Traversing Oceans

Maritime customers to enjoy seamless global roaming through new fully-customisable and scalable managed service 

LUXEMBOURG, 14 September 2016 — SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) today announced the launch of its global SES Maritime+ service that will deliver high-speed connectivity to vessels traversing oceans.

SES Maritime+ will enable maritime customers to have easy access to customisable bandwidth and coverage packages, ensuring satellite capacity is effectively utilised. Vessels traversing the oceans will be offered seamless roaming, leveraging SES’s global fleet of over 50 satellites, extensive ground infrastructure of over 20 teleports and more than 6,000 points of presence.

SES Maritime+ DiagramThe managed connectivity service brings together SES’s global network infrastructure and hybrid satellite capacity with the latest technology from VT iDirect, enabling SES customers to deliver a complete platform solution to maritime users on a worldwide basis. Commercial benefits include customized service level agreements and scalable throughput options, with standardized pricing regardless of region or season of operation.

The global SES Maritime+ product is part of SES’s enhanced data network, SES Plus, which is offering customised products and solutions to tackle the evolving needs of the mobility and enterprise markets. In March of this year, a regional Ka-band maritime+ offering was unveiled specifically to target Europe. Read More