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Marlink adds 4G to North Sea portfolio with Tampnet deal

Base stations on rigs deliver connectivity from the core fibre network Base stations on rigs deliver connectivity from the core fibre network Marlink

Marlink has signed a partner agreement with Tampnet which will see 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) services added to its VSAT and MSS (Mobile Satellite Services) portfolio in the North Sea.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Tampnet’s 4G service is built on a network consisting of 2500 km of offshore fibre, providing high-speed connectivity between offshore vessels and shore-based offices. With a round trip delay of between 25-35 milliseconds, Marlink says the low latency makes it suitable for applications such as video calling and critical M2M operations.

The core LTE network provides coverage via base stations located on rigs and other fixed bodies, with Tampnet delivering connectivity to the Norwegian, British and Danish sectors of the North Sea. Planned roaming agreements will also enable vessels to retain their connectivity near the coast and in port.

“Our partnership with Tampnet will help us to meet a significant market requirement and is integral to the development of hybrid, low-latency connectivity solutions where VSAT, MSS, 4G and Wi-Fi combine to provide a seamless user-experience that offers excellent value due to automatic, least-cost routing,” said Tore Morten Olsen, head of maritime satcoms at Airbus Defence and Space, Marlink’s parent company.

“Furthermore, it is reassuring for us as a service provider that Tampnet’s LTE network is based on the largest fibre based offshore communication network in the world.”{/mprestriction}

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