One of the first installations of Cobham Wireless’ Distributed Antenna System (DAS) on a luxury superyacht has taken place to provide LTE and 3G services to passengers and cut the cost of on-board connectivity while near the shoreline.
Cobham, a provider of wireless coverage and mobile communication systems, has taken part what it has labelled as “a pioneering project” to enable LTE on sea vessels. The undisclosed superyacht's crew and passengers can use communications services up to 50 km from the shoreline without having to use expensive IP-over-satellite technology. While satellite will remain the primary method for communications in open water, when vessels are closer to the coast, DAS can connect to the cellular signal from the land to provide seamless and reliable voice and data services.
“By utilising some of the solutions already adopted by the world’s leading mobile operators and network infrastructure companies we are in an excellent position to move into this exciting new market,” said Ian Langley, SVP and GM, Cobham Wireless.
The system has the potential to be used on any sea-faring craft that spends significant periods close to the coastline. Using an external multiband donor antenna positioned outside of the yacht, Cobham Wireless’ DIGImini booster moves the capacity to an internal antenna, which provides coverage using SIM cards from three different networks. The system is configured to enable a seamless switch to satellite services when the cellular signal falls below a pre-set level.
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