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20-mile comms system launched in UK

UK-based Buzz Marine has launched HubbaX, a mobile broadband system specifically designed for the marine environment which it says will offer ADSL equivalent broadband speeds for vessels operating up to 20 miles offshore.

Using patented aerial technology and 3G networks, HubbaX will provide WiFi internet access onboard, as well as voice access via VoIP, without a satellite connection.

An integrated data SIM is used to create a WiFi hotspot, though the unit can also be wired via an Ethernet port to connect to multiple devices such as laptops and iPads.

The IP66 rated HubbaX can be mounted with a standard one inch marine antenna mount, and is powered by a 12v DC power pack. The unit is also protected by industry standard security protocols WEP, WPA and WPA2.

“The HubbaX offers an economical solution by utilising 3G networks to access an internet connection on the move, and up to 20 miles offshore, that can be easily connected to your favourite devices,” said Steve Smith, managing director of Buzz Marine.

“It’s simple to add on the telephony service to make the most of the connection. With connectivity provided by our Hubba marine broadband range it is now possible to add a landline equivalent phone service to your boat even at sea.”

The antenna dome houses a quadruple antenna system and offers typical download speeds of 7 Mbps and uploads of 1 Mbps.

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