Airbus Defence + Space… To The Rescue With A Super Yacht (VSAT SatCom) (24 April 2014)

[SatNews] It’s that time of year again, the super yachts are shaking off the winter and sailing with the latest VSAT service…
Airbus Defence and Space and service provider partner e3 Systems report that flexibility in bandwidth provision on the Pharostar VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) service can cost-effectively ensure that media services such as IP radio/TV and video applications like Facetime and teleconferencing are always available when a yacht owner or their guests are on board. Taking M/Y SAMAR, a 77m Laurent Giles designed luxury motor yacht as an example, this flexibility to increase bandwidth for when the owner is on board has been a decisive aspect in choosing the Pharostar VSAT service provided by e3 Systems.
«One of the main applications required when the owner is on board Samar is IP media streaming. It’s not needed when the owner is absent though, so we offer the functionality to just switch to a higher bandwidth service whenever they like,» comments Erik Nieuwmeijer, Sales Director e3 Systems. «Streaming media services require a stable and reliable connection and it’s our goal to provide high quality connectivity at a reasonable cost. We’re pleased to report that the satisfaction level for media streaming is very high, which is thanks to the quality of Airbus Defence and Space’s network backbone.»
In addition to bandwidth flexibility, the seasonal nature of many superyacht itineraries demands a customized approach to providing regional VSAT coverage. Rather than global service, savings can be made by choosing coverage only in the areas Samar is sailing, with automatic switching when crossing over to the next region, resulting in seamless connectivity. With almost global coverage, Airbus Defence and Space provides E3 Systems with a Pharostar solution for Samar that can be amended to the superyacht’s requirements at any time: It covers North America and the Caribbean in winter months and Europe during the summer…..

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