New technology platform options for Marlink C-band users.
Marlink is expanding its portfolio with the introduction of new C-band services on the iDirect platform, which will enhance network efficiency and open up new options for customers using SealinkTM global C-band coverage for business critical applications. The services will be among the first in the industry to utilise DVB-S2 with Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) technology on regional, multi-regional and global maritime C-band.
The implementation of a new state-of-the-art platform for Sealink global C-band coverage has been made possible following the recent upgrade of Marlink’s global VSAT network with the integration of iDirect’s Evolution® X5 Satellite Router and latest operating software release. The improved efficiency of C-band services through the use of DVB-S2 with ACM and Automatic Beam Switching on iDirect is supported with Sealink’s proven reliability, user friendly operation and high flexibility, which enables customised scalable options.
With ‘always-on true broadband access’ offered by Sealink, Marlink C-band services are designed for vessels requiring constant, high-speed IP access for converged voice, data and Internet applications, all delivered through a single platform. Current generation customised Sealink services already offer high levels of network efficiency based on the SCPC platform and Marlink’s decision to offer C-band on the new iDirect platform offers greater choice for customers whilst securing performance for the future.
The introduction of iDirect features such as Automatic Beam Switching on Sealink C-band enables seamless, virtually global coverage and enhanced quality of service with data rates based on customer requirements, ranging up to 8 Mbps and in some cases beyond. Due to the flexibility inherent in Sealink services, Marlink is able to tailor a communication solution for specific requirements and business critical applications across the maritime transport, oil and gas, cruise and ferry and luxury vessel segments.
“Bringing the iDirect platform to our C-band services is part of our overall strategy to offer increased choice in customised Sealink services, which are available alongside our standardised WaveCallTM portfolio,” comments Tore Morten Olsen, CEO, Marlink. “The use of DVB-S2 with ACM is new to maritime VSAT on C-band and we believe that the seamless communication that this technology enables is very attractive for vessels with high requirements for bandwidth and quality of service on a global basis.”
Sealink services are uplinked from Marlink owned Teleports, ensuring the company has full control of the entire network chain, so customers can benefit from high levels of flexibility in terms of service offering and customisation, in addition to a single point for worldwide support services.