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May 27th, 2019

New Hybrid Comms Service to Debut from Marlink at Nor-Shipping 2019

Marlink will introduce an all-encompassing, new, hybrid communication service at Nor-Shipping 2019.

Called Sealink Global 4G, this a turnkey solution will provide everything needed to leverage fast, low-latency mobile services when in network range, while complementing VSAT connectivity when in regulated regions.

Devised as a single global capability with full predictability on performance and costs, Sealink Global 4G is a ready-to-go solution bringing a new dimension of low-latency and flexible connectivity to Marlink’s global multi-band maritime network. The subscription is part of Marlink’s suite of 4G Services that also allows ships to use alternative carriers such as WiFi and mobile virtual networks.

The Sealink Global 4G service package is based on an onboard connectivity kit with options including WiFi antenna, a Global 4G subscription and a subscription to Tampnet; the high-capacity offshore communication network for vessels operating in the North Sea or the Gulf of Mexico.

With intelligent routing, Sealink Global 4G automatically switches to the best available connectivity source and also enables customers to apply their own preferences and connect to 4G when VSAT is also available. The solution deploys the latest-generation terrestrial internet service in coastal regions,  enabling swifter and cost-effective connectivity in near-shore areas, and comes with the reassurance of round-the-clock support from Marlink’s expert engineers, who can remotely access on board equipment even if VSAT is unavailable.

Sealink Global 4G results have been tested by several customers in different regions around the world, with very positive feedback on performance and reliability. The service will be available following its launch on the Marlink stand BO2-16 at the Nor-Shipping maritime trade fair in Lillestrøm, Norway, which runs from June 4 to 7, 2019.

Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink, said Sealink Global 4G’s low-latency, high throughput connectivity is a cost-effective back-up solution and complement to the firm's global multi-band Sealink VSAT services. Crucially, it provides always-on connectivity even in areas where satellite communications are restricted. The company has considered every eventuality in the drive to provide ships and crews with the last word in reliable 4G connectivity. Marlink is confident that this turnkey approach, with easy integration into the firm's multi-band network, meets the need for always-available and high-performance voice and data communications.