Costs are insensitive to distance, meaning for internationally operating companies, vessels can stay connected to shore and offices without having to worry about expensive long distance call charges.
The recent changes in antenna financing and leasing over long term contracts lowers the entrance costs into VSAT.
Larger deployment of TDMA networks offers a comparable service to SCPC networks, but sharing and segmenting bandwidth across vessels (through TDMA) offers further cost reductions.
Many VSAT providers also offer the option of television, which in addition to Internet on board provides further entertainment for crew.
Telemedicine is also an application that can significantly benefit crew and vessel operators, and can be offered efficiently through the VSAT, with a more guaranteed quality of service, during urgent scenarios; as well as being accessible at any time
Satellite outages are rare but, should one occur, traffic can be automatically rerouted to back-up systems in a manner that causes minimal interruption to the service.
Some VSAT providers own and operate their own teleports. This offers a further advantage to end users as that provider is able to maintain full control over the network, as opposed to providers who lease network capacity from other providers.
Choosing a VSAT provider that owns its own teleports can mean more in-depth competence and it enables the provider to offer a single point-of-contact to customers.
The modularity of VSAT systems means components can be separated and easily recombined, allowing for quick time-to-market and fast upgrades.
Bandwidth use can be monitored throughout the duration of the contract and modified according to how much bandwidth is being used/not used.
Some companies capable of providing customised VSAT services can offer bandwidth on demand – where the regular CIR/MIR can be boosted significantly to meet operational or charter client needs.
Many providers can facilitate remote access tools, providing access to a computer or an IP enabled device onboard from any remote location. This can enable remote support, monitoring and troubleshooting, with no onboard intervention.
After a preliminary site survey, an actual VSAT installation and line-up can be completed in a few hours. The whole installation typically takes about two days.
Some antenna manufacturers offer single cable to the antenna solutions, which supports the pre-works/cabling a customer or installer would do prior to antenna installation.
With efficient use of available bandwidth, all vessels in a fleet essentially become an office, sharing a closed, secure network.
Via the VSAT network, the system can constantly and quickly calculate the best route, changing course and speed if necessary. This means that very quickly there is a potential for return on the investment in the system.
When considering the long-term optimal performance of a large fleet, VSAT can be used to deliver engine and fuel data to HQ, where management and experts can pinpoint specific trends and challenges, enabling them to operate more efficiently.
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