Maritime connectivity for freight on rivers and canals - and inland ports
7 September 2022

Maritime connectivity for freight on rivers and canals - and inland ports

7 September 2022

In our previous blog IoT connectivity for freight on-land, our maritime connectivity experts examined how COVID has raised awareness about the fragility of global supply chains – and discussed how freight companies, manufacturers and retailers are turning to IoT data to collect information about goods while in transit.

This week our team of maritime connectivity experts have been discussing the needs of freight which travels inland on rivers.

The international business magazine The Economist recently wrote about how Germany’s waterways are unsung but essential

“Roughly a third of Germany’s coal, crude oil and natural gas—as well as a big chunk of its grains and chemicals—travel along inland waterways of one type or another”

“Traffic on the Rhine, which twists from the Swiss Alps to the North Sea, accounts for about 80% of that”

“A medium-sized lorry can move around 25 tonnes; a barge can easily haul 3,000 tonnes. Delivering stuff by river is usually cheaper than using road or rail, and can be the only option for massive or oddly shaped consignments”

Whatever the type of vessel travelling along the Rhine, and regardless of what they are moving, seamless connectivity will be required throughout the journey.

Shipping is now a sophisticated operation with owners now managing the entire shipment and delivery process of goods through connectivity, cloud computing traceability, monitoring, smart sensors and containers

Telecom26, global connectivity for freight on rivers, canals and in-port

Telecom26 is a global mobile service provider and a maritime mobile operator and can provide end-to-end coverage – from any inland point to onward points of distribution, and at sea.

Our team of maritime connectivity experts are working with global shipping carriers to provide always-on connectivity wherever their vessels and goods are in the world.

Take a vessel travelling along the Rhine from its source in Switzerland, along the Franco-German border, travelling through Rotterdam in The Netherlands before going north along the UK border, and then across to the port of Gothenburg in Sweden, a distance of around 1800m.

During that time the ship, its crew and *the onboard devices will all need coverage.

The people and on-board devices that use Telecom26’s global network will have access to multiple networks as it moves including:

  • Salt in Switzerland
  • Vodafone and Telekom Deutschland in Germany,
  • SFR, Orange, Bouygues Telecom and Free Mobile in France
  • Vodafone in The Netherlands
  • Vodafone, Virgin and 3 in the UK
  • Nuuday and Telenor in Denmark
  • Tele2, Telenor and TeliaSonera in Sweden

Telecom26’s maritime connectivity and global connectivity network

To provide this truly global connectivity service, Telecom26 has developed multi-IMSI global eSIM cards.

These enable one SIM to access multiple networks both in-country and across borders thus removing the need to worry about the coverage of a single MNO, or the existence of roaming alliances. Multiple-IMSI profiles are pre-loaded onto every SIM allowing for simple reconfiguration if the primary network has poor or no service.

Our Multi-IMSI global SIMs automatically select the best performing network in the area, cross-border, while providing users with the freedom to change SIM profiles and services with ease.

When a vessel is travelling in-land on rivers and canals then Telecom26 SIM cards will be using on-land cellular network.

When the boat goes out onto the sea then our maritime connectivity services include:

  • A full Cellular At Sea service for vessels of all sizes
  • A Nearshore Connectivity Service - Our recent blog “Nearshore Connectivity - perfect for vessels up to 30km off the coast” discusses how most ships and vessels spend the majority (up to 60%) of their time in port or in coastal waters. They are therefore within range of land-based cellular networks which can provide coverage to vessels as far out as 30km. So, instead of relying on costly satellite for data or connectivity, vessels – and the people on-board - can use these cellular networks.
  • A Maritime IoT Service including private networks on-board vessels, oil rigs and platforms – and supply chain tracking

To learn more about Telecom26’s suite of global connectivity and maritime connectivity communications services please get in touch.

Catching-Up In-Person

Later in the year Telecom26 will be attending these major international trade fairs:

MedTech Ireland – showcasing innovative medical technology products and solutions for the Irish medical device design and manufacturing industry.              

21–22 September

Galway, Ireland

Mets Trade

15- 17 November



14–17 November 2022

Düsseldorf, Germany

If you, or one of your team, will be at any of these shows and would like to discuss our global connectivity, maritime connectivity and maritime cellular communications services in-person then please book a meeting.

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