Orchestra is being fine tuned by Inmarsat to combat network congestion
Orchestra is being fine-tuned by Inmarsat to combat network congestion. Inmarsat, a satellite company located in the United Kingdom. it has finished trials of the terrestrial section of its Orchestra network, which is aimed to relieve congestion in congested cargo ports.
It isn’t the only satellite player in improving shipping services. OneWeb and Navarino also announced a day after. Announced a partnership to enhance the availability of LEO satellite connectivity to the commercial marine industry.
Just over a year ago, Inmarsat revealed its ambitions. For Orchestra, which will merges (GEO) satellites with (LEO) and terrestrial 5G. Announced the activation of its first LEO satellite at the end of last year. As part of a plan to alleviate traffic hotspots in congested ports and shipping lanes. It has now completed first-phase testing of ship-to-shore and ship-to-ship connectivity in Singapore.
Trails of signals
To enable high-speed communication. The satellite operator has developed what it refers to as stepping stones in a maritime mesh network. It chose Singapore for the trials because it is one of the busiest container ports in the world. As well as because of the challenging weather conditions, which include severe rain and high humidity. It didn’t provide any technical details. But claimed the trials are conducting between land-based signal towers and ships offshore. Employing patented technology spanning a variety of frequency bands and onboard terminal equipment.
“The tests demonstrated the effectiveness of the Orchestra maritime mesh’s stepping-stone connections. Which are expecting to reach at least 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) and 100 megabits per second per link. With the mesh network extending this to 30 kilometers (18.6 miles). For example, the download of an HD movie in 40 seconds,” Inmarsat said. That information is a little confusing, but we’re talking about a high-speed link that spans tens of kilometers. Currently five shore stations in Singapore, according to Inmarsat, would deliver north of 10 Gbps when combined.
Spectrum and technology
“Through Inmarsat’s unique use of spectrum and technology, combined with state-of-the-art terrestrial mesh networks. Including the use of vessels as stepping-stones, we will provide our clients with enhanced and tailored connections. Inmarsat’s Chief Technology Officer Peter Hadinger stated. This will enable Inmarsat to improve services in the future by anticipating and managing demand from consumers in hotspots.
“This is a gain for all of our users, and Inmarsat will engage with national authorities to bring the benefits of improved regional connectivity to their governments’ economic growth goals,” he added.
Orchestra will add terrestrial connection and a limited number of low-cost LEO satellites to the company’s history of L-band and Ka-band geostationary satellite networks. To assist the effort, it will add a half-dozen new hybrid L-band and K-band satellites to its constellation between now and 2025.
Firstly LEO satellites is getting a lot of attention in recent years, mainly. Secondly Elon Musk’s SpaceX and, to a lesser extent, UK operator OneWeb.
One web announced
OneWeb announced this week that it is teaming with Navarino, a provider of maritime IT solutions, to provide high-speed internet to the global commercial shipping industry. The firms said they will conduct a series of sea testing with the goal. However, linking Navarino’s first vessels to the OneWeb network by the beginning of next year.
“Becoming a OneWeb Distribution Partner assures that we can continue to provide a cutting-edge, strong connection to our customers’ fleets, no matter where they are in the world,” stated Dimitris Tsikopoulos, CEO of Navarino. Indeed, OneWeb is proud of the fact that it expanded its coverage to the Arctic region last year, and as a result, it is close to being able to provide global coverage. From next year, it has promised to provide commercial maritime connectivity services around the world
Both developments serve to emphasize how far satellite connectivity has progressed in recent years. Satellite is now a feasible option to provide low-latency, high-speed communications to all corners of the globe, be it distant or congested locations, when it was once the domain exclusively of those desperate for any form of access. Orchestra is fine-tuned by Inmarsat to combat network congestion
And it’s not just about the relationship any longer. “The possibilities for leveraging better connection, especially on critical routes where real-time video and cloud syncing can be employed as standard, even on deep-sea vessels,” OneWeb says.