Globecomm Maritime has introduced metered VSAT plans to bring increased efficiency and flexibility to the maritime communications market. The plans include a range of data bundles as well as two Voice over IP (VoIP) lines, a Nimbus Smartbox and the option for Over-The-Top (OTT) provisioning of additional services.
In addition to a typical 5GB core bundle for the ship’s main business, the crew can access a separate bundle over a dedicated LAN or use the VSAT service on a pay-as-you-go basis. Because the data that each user group consumes is visible separately, management can keep costs and accounting separate for these groups and identify costs for additional services with split billing and exact allocation.
VOIP services are also provided OTT as standard with separate bandwidth for two simultaneous voice calls, so the bandwidth used for voice calling is not counted against the ship’s core bundle. A further OTT LAN could be established to provide automated M2M devices and services such as ECDIS updates or engine performance monitoring.
If users find they need additional bandwidth, this can quickly be added to any chosen networks using Globecomm’s fully-managed global VSAT network, based on iDirect Evolution hub modem technology.
Globecomm’s metered plans include the Nimbus Smartbox service, with entry plans starting at 5GB for $595 per month giving access to the global coverage area. Users subscribing to these plans will be able to burst data up to 3Mbps of bandwidth as a download speed.