[SatNews] MTN Communications announces the launch of “MTN UltraBurst” for yachts for the 2015 Mediterranean Season. The MTN UltraBurst service delivers the only on-demand, consumption-based, high-throughput Ku-band connectivity solution available to yachts today. The satellite bandwidth “burst ability” of this service is ideal for streaming content and media to user devices and systems on board yachts. Customers can use their existing antenna hardware. This is key to delivering the fastest speeds, on demand, at the best value while meeting customers’ lifestyle and communications needs.
MTN UltraBurst enables yacht captains and electronic technical officers (ETOs) to select the highest-speeds available whenever needed through a touchscreen via the MTN Maestro mobile app—MTN Conductor. They can make UltraBurst available down to specific users and devices on their networks. MTN Conductor makes managing and optimizing multiple networks on board a yacht as simple as a swipe or click.
“We are able to introduce this level of control and on-demand speeds because we directly own, manage and operate the industry’s most powerful communications and content delivery network,” said Derik Wagner, managing director, yacht services, MTN. “This is one more service from our unmatched technology toolkit designed to exceed the needs of the world’s most bandwidth-intensive yachts. It also extends our ability to offer on-demand, consumption-based plans in one more maritime market. This model provides the most flexibility, while delivering the fastest speeds, at the best value and price, where customers pay only for what they use.”
Each yacht captain or ETO can customize or manage their UltraBurst service to the needs of their owners and guests with mode controls via MTN Conductor. This helps with “owner/guest on” and “owner/guest off” bandwidth demands. It also takes managing the Quality of Service (QoS) configuration of onboard networks to a new level. Captains and ETOs only use bandwidth bursts when needed, while staff maintain their same levels of operational tasks and crew welfare services.
MTN, the chosen provider to 300+ of the world’s largest yachts, has accommodated an increase of more than 200 percent in bandwidth usage in the past two years in the Mediterranean region. MTN custom-designed UltraBurst to address the needs of customers requiring such on-demand high-speed services on short notice.
This service launch is the first of many high-speed options MTN plans to roll out, including its High-Throughput Multi-Spot Beam (MTN HTMS™) capacity, beginning in 2016.