We recently wrote about private networks at sea and how, as a maritime operator, Telecom26 is now building out mobile private networks at sea for a number of customers as part of our Cellular At Sea service which uses nearshore connectivity when a vessel is hugging the coast.
We are a maritime mobile operator and providing always-available voice and data connectivity and nearshore connectivity for vessels of all shapes and sizes is one of Telecom26’s core services.
Our maritime connectivity and nearshore connectivity team will be attending Posidonia, the international shipping exhibition in Greece from 6-10 June. Please Get In Touch if you’re going too and would like to meet up to discuss how our maritime connectivity and nearshore connectivity services can support ship to shore data services, as well as crew welfare while at sea.
Whether it’s a ship travelling from China to Europe laden with containers, or a sunny Sunday on a yacht, our Cellular At Sea service which uses nearshore connectivity is all that’s needed to stay connected.
We provide connectivity to all types of vessels, from the most luxurious of pleasure boats to fishing vessels to oil tankers, bulk carriers and container ships. We use cellular coverage including nearshore connectivity complementing it with satellite where necessary.
The size of the vehicles, their cargo and the number of seafarers might be widely different but they have a few things in common.
Maritime connectivity is more important than ever as there is a growing trend for the adoption of digital processes for managing vessels and the collection of remote data is important to support this. In addition, freight and cargo contain a growing number of IoT monitors, so that goods can be tracked, and the status monitored. Container management is hugely important – and IoT devices equipped with SIMs are key to enabling more effective tracking and management, through the connectivity they unlock.
Before they were introduced to Telecom26, our maritime connectivity and nearshore connectivity customers were tired of exorbitant roaming charges. Tired of having to change SIMs/switch phones when they crossed borders. Tired of patchy service. Tired of multiple bills from different providers.
Telecom26’s nearshore connectivity service
This Nearshore Connectivity survey was an interesting read for our nearshore connectivity experts. 6,000 deep-sea commercial ships and their operators said that their vessels spend 60% of their time in port or coastal waters - and potentially within cellular coverage.
Our nearshore connectivity data-only service has been specifically designed to provide access to land-based cellular networks for fast, high bandwidth data use for these vessels. Most land-based cellular networks provide coverage up to 30km out to sea.
Our Global SIMs provide a very simple way to provide data to all onboard devices via nearshore connectivity links. By onboard devices we mean Wi-Fi routers, container sensors, IoT networks and any system process that needs to connect to the internet, to a remote server or monitor.
Our SIMs can be inserted into any GSM (2G, 3G, 4G and future 5G) router, which we can also supply, as required.
Most importantly, only a single SIM is required – there is no need to swap SIMs when moving between nearshore connectivity in different regions and countries.
Our SIMs can access any terrestrial and nearshore connectivity network. Not all networks are equally available – some offer better coverage in some locations than others. And, every country has its own range of terrestrial network operators. This means that, as a vessel moves along the coast, different nearshore connectivity networks may be available.
Because our nearshore connectivity SIMs can connect to any of these nearshore connectivity networks, coverage can be maintained. This applies as vessels cross international borders. So, as a container ship travels across Asia or a yacht moves from one Caribbean island to another, devices and routers can hop between different nearshore connectivity networks with ease – and will benefit from the bundle pricing we offer. This means there’s no need to worry about the hidden costs of global roaming.
Our new paper - Nearshore Services A short guide to nearshore cellular services - can be downloaded here.
And, if you’d like to discuss how our maritime connectivity and nearshore connectivity services can support ship to shore data services, as well as crew welfare while at sea through our cellular at sea solutions, then please get in touch.
Our maritime connectivity and nearshore connectivity team will be attending Posidonia, the international shipping exhibition in Greece from 6-10 June so please Get In Touch if you’re going too and would like to meet up.