Mon. Dec 4th, 2023
Marlink and Eutelsat OneWeb Bring Space-Based Connectivity to Luxury Icebreaker Cruise Ship

Telecommunications company Marlink has partnered with satellite operator Eutelsat OneWeb to provide space-based connectivity aboard the luxury icebreaker cruise ship, Le Commandant Charcot. The ship, managed by Ponant, is hailed as the world’s only luxury icebreaker and will now sail the remote icy seas with GEO VSAT, LEO, and 4G/5G cellular services.

The collaboration between Marlink and Eutelsat OneWeb has resulted in a hybrid network system that aims to improve the operational efficiency and connectivity experiences for guests onboard. This telecommunication infrastructure includes a layered, encrypted network that ensures robust privacy shields.

One intriguing feature of this setup is the ability to segregate crew traffic and operational systems on the same terminal. This enhances the ship’s operational efficiency for the bridge, engineers, and shore teams. Moreover, it provides exceptional internet accessibility in remote regions, enhancing the online experience for passengers.

Carole Plessy, VP Europe and Maritime at Eutelsat OneWeb, sees this as a breakthrough in broadband services for the maritime industry. Using LEO satellites, they are able to extend global connectivity even in high seas. Plessy expressed excitement about furthering their relationship with Marlink, an esteemed industry leader.

Tore Morten Olsen, President, Maritime at Marlink, is delighted to utilize Eutelsat OneWeb’s LEO solution in the hybrid network onboard Le Commandant Charcot. He believes that the LEO constellation offers a new level of user experience and enables safer and more efficient sailing.

Eutelsat Group has recently completed its LEO constellation, comprising an impressive 634 satellites. The merger of Eutelsat and OneWeb in September created new market opportunities, and the company is optimistic about the possibilities this union brings. Their expanded portfolio includes fixed connectivity, government services, mobile connectivity, and core broadcast and video services.