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Stena Line adds new vessels to multi-band network

Marlink is extending the number of Stena Line ships connected to its multi-band communications network, with the first out of four additional vessels set to join the service now online.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Marlink provides communications services to the entire fleet of Stena Line ships, and is in the process of increasing the capacity available to the company’s vessels connected to the multi-band service by an additional 10-15 per cent, on top of a triple-bandwidth increase rolled out in June 2016.

The multi-band communications network being rolled out to Stena’s ships integrates VSAT and GSM 3/4G services for connectivity during voyages, in addition to in-port internet Wi-Fi networks.

Stena Line operates a ‘Closed User Group’ (CUG) to access the multi-band service, which provides a ‘pool’ of bandwidth which can exclusively be accessed by the vessels in that network. Ships using 3/4G coverage areas or Wi-Fi while in port will require less from the VSAT CUG capacity, allowing more satellite bandwidth to be available for other vessels and passengers at sea.

“Reliable and always available internet access and voice calling services are important for passengers,” said Raimo Warkki, Stena IT.

“With Marlink as a long-term partner we have been able to evolve our on board communication services to keep pace with changing demands, and we are confident that the new vessels on the Marlink network will experience the same premium communication capabilities that the rest of our fleet experience.”{/mprestriction}

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