For the better part of the past decade, “Crew Welfare” has been one of the infamous use-cases fuelling the transformation of connectivity in the Merchant Maritime markets. Enabled by the ‘unlimited use’ and consistent monthly bills of VSAT-based services, building out a robust connectivity option for capturing latent crew connectivity requirements was cited as one.
One irreversible and accelerating trend is operators gravitating towards increasing levels and layers of managed services, now also with cloud tie-ins, adds NSR. “Operators are extending their roles in network infrastructure, management, and provisioning. So, outside broadcast, satellite bandwidth pricing is shifting away from megahertz and megabits per second denominations, and moving toward custom service.