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Private Access Point added for North Sea LTE

Marlink has completed the implementation of a new private Access Point Name (APN) on the Tampnet North Sea LTE network in the North Sea, to provide offshore vessels with improved 4G connectivity in addition to its satellite services as part of its hybrid communications portfolio.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The 4G bandwidth available via the APN is dedicated to Marlink customers and not shared with any other vessels or users in the North Sea, allowing Marlink to offer guaranteed bandwidth via the network, which can be implemented alongside an onboard VSAT with seamless switching between the connections.

Tampnet’s LTE services are enabled by a 3,000km subsea fibre network, which has been leveraged by Marlink to serve its North Sea customers since May 2015, when Tampnet and Marlink formed their operational partnership. This was extended in late 2017 to add additional access to Tampnet LTE connectivity in the Gulf of Mexico.

Simon Møkster Shipping was the first vessel owner to leverage the LTE service on a fleet-wide basis in the North Sea, as part of a hybrid communications package.

“By adding Tampnet’s low-latency bandwidth into our already flexible hybrid communications solution from Marlink, we have been able to continue developing operational efficiencies on our vessels as well as providing reliable, high speed communications for our clients’ and their staff in the North Sea,” said Terje Gjerde, head of IT, Simon Møkster Shipping.

“With dedicated Tampnet bandwidth now available to us, we can offer an even more resilient service for clients who demand fast and always available communication for effective and profitable operations.”{/mprestriction}

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