Using the HughesNet satellite service in Europe, Cypriot company Global Marine Communications is now set to begin offering three grades of maritime Ku-band VSAT service.
The first, called 'Force 1', will provide a 128 kbps uplink and 512 kbps downlink for $758 per month. 'Force 3' will provide 256 kbps up and 1024 kbps down for $1,885 per month, while 'Force 5' will offer 512 kbps uplink speeds and 2048 kbps down for $3,002 per month.
The service will initially be available in Europe and the Middle East, while GMC says that it will be collaborating with operators in other regions in the hope of eventually providing global, seamless coverage worldwide over Ku-band.
The broadband terminals are based on the IPoS (Internet Protocol over Satellite) standard, which includes the DVB-S2 standard with Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM). GMC says that this technology enables its system to run a high throughput using Ku-band antenna at sizes smaller than previously possible on shipping vessels. The terminals also support LAN ports with IP compression and acceleration for optimised performance over satellite.