Marlink, the smart network solutions company, will deploy its hybrid connectivity solutions on selected vessels operated by Japanese shipowner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), integrating Starlink LEO with its Sealink GEO VSAT service and its digital platform.

MOL's purpose is to verify how Marlink’s unique network can enhance operating safety and improve high-speed communications for seafarers. Starlink’s high speed and low latency connectivity are supposed to form an integral part of this hybrid solution, designed to provide a reliable Committed Information Rate (CIR) in combination with unparalleled Maximum Information Rate (MIR) performance.

The Marlink network will be completed with an L-band backup solution and will be seamlessly and securely orchestrated with Marlink’s network management platform, XChange and advanced Cyber threat detection, including Security Operation Center (SOC) as a service.

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Moreover, Marlink’s integration of Starlink into one seamless end-to-end managed hybrid network provided to MOL is going to improve user experience, application performance and security. MOL will also benefit from additional managed services including global 24/7 support to ensure the smooth integration of the connectivity into MOL’s business operations.

According to Marlink, the company will leverage its 40 years of satcom network expertise to provide MOL with professional services such as network assessment, design, configuration, integration and delivery.

Marlink’s network management platform, XChange will include the latest software-defined (SD-WAN) technology to optimise the routing of MOL’s applications by leveraging the different connectivity solutions simultaneously.

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"Marlink is honoured to have been selected by MOL for this next-generation connectivity evaluation, blending GEO/LEO services and we look forward to working with our Japanese colleagues to demonstrate the power of this hybrid, future-proof network," commented Tore Morten Olsen, president, Maritime, Marlink.

He added, "This pilot will demonstrate the unique user experience of high speed, low latency connectivity working alongside our highly reliable GEO VSAT services, enabling shipowners to drive operational efficiency and enhance crew welfare."

Source: Container News


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