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North West Passage Ku-band service launched

UK-based ION - International Ocean Networks, in partnership with North American satellite company Hunter Communications, has launched a new iDirect Evolution Ku-band maritime satellite network with coverage over the West, East and North coast of Canada, to provide VSAT connectivity for vessels transiting the Northwest Passage (NWP).

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The coverage area will allow Ku-band connections to be maintained with small stabilised antennas even up to a latitude of 75°, the company says.

The service has been live at the start of August, with a superyacht owner customer navigating the NWP the first to connect to the service.

“The main advantage of having the connectivity throughout the entire NWP journey was that the latest ice maps could be received instantaneously by the Captain enabling him to navigate a safe journey through the NWP avoiding any ice,” explained Gavin Rose, ION sales director.

“Both crew and passenger welfare were greatly enhanced enabling high data throughput of e-mails, social networks and video downloads.”{/mprestriction}

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