Combining new wide area network and VSAT technologies will increase the speed of data transfers between ships
Combining the connectivity of VSAT with wide area networks (WANs) will increase the speed of data transfers between ships and shore centres.
With this in mind, two companies have joined forces to develop next-generation WAN technologies and combine them with fast satellite communications.
Maritime VSAT provider Speedcast International and wireless connectivity leader XipLink Inc have formed a strategic partnership to develop technologies that maximise efficiencies in data transfers across WANs. These solutions will be flexible and scalable across different maritime environments.
Within the partnership, Speedcast will integrate XipLink technology into its cellular backhaul solutions to improve network efficiencies. These will be especially important in the 5G era.
XipLink will be hosted on Speedcast’s Sigma Gateway network management devices on ships. This will have capability to be activated remotely as a virtual machine on the gateway.
In addition, both companies’ operational and software personnel will integrate network management interfaces and use machine-driven analytics to simplify operational processes and increase network visibility.
Speedcast vice president for products and business development Tim Bailey said it was important to optimise networks when managing critical communications.
“The XipLink partnership gives us the ability to provide innovative technologies to our customers,” he said.
“XipLink’s WAN optimisation solutions will improve network efficiency and deliver increased throughput for business-critical applications.”