HubbaX operates using the land-based GSM mobile system in the UK. The ‘switchbox’ manages the changeover from the VSAT when a 3G signal is in range. When no 3G signal is available, the VSAT connection continues as normal.
Buzz says that the HubbaX is able to make 3G connections up to 20 miles offshore. The new software it has developed will enable the HubbaX to recognise when it is in range and automatically switch. No manual intervention is required.
“There is an increasing demand from boat owners to be able to stay connected while cruising and they expect to do this with a download speed similar to that experienced at home or via their VSAT,” says Steve Smith, managing director of Buzz Marine.
“For the first time this is now achievable without the need for more expensive satellite communication costs until you are up to 20 miles offshore.”
The HubbaX is a stand-alone inshore communications unit with typical download speeds of 7 Mbps and uploads of 1 Mbps, for a recommended retail price of £595 plus VAT. The new VSAT switch system costs an additional £125 plus VAT.