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Marlink and Eutelsat OneWeb to enhance connectivity for Ponant

Based on a Service Level Agreement model, Ponant has service levels defined by Committed Information Rate (CIR) and Maximum Information Rate.

Marlink, a smart network and digital solutions company, has joined forces with the LEO internet operator, Eutelsat OneWeb, a division of Eutelsat Group, to provide advanced digital connectivity solutions to Ponant, the global leader in exploration cruises, within its smart hybrid network.

Ponant has chosen to implement the Eutelsat OneWeb service on its polar exploration vessel, Le Commandant Charcot. This deployment will offer passengers and crew high-throughput, low-latency internet access throughout the ship’s journeys. Capitalising on Marlink’s expertise in smart hybrid networks, the bandwidth delivered by Eutelsat OneWeb will facilitate seamless collaboration between the ship’s bridge, engineering crew, and onshore teams.

As a longstanding partner of Ponant, Marlink has introduced a comprehensive hybrid network solution onboard Le Commandant Charcot, incorporating GEO VSAT, LEO services, and 4G/5G cellular services.

This initiative operates on a Service Level Agreement (SLA) model, where Ponant’s service levels are defined by Committed Information Rate (CIR) and Maximum Information Rate (MIR). The network is fully encrypted and employs a layered service approach to ensure complete privacy, while multiple service profiles can segregate crew and operational traffic on the same terminal.

With a constellation of 634 satellites now in orbit, the Eutelsat Group’s LEO network is fully operational down to 25 degrees latitude. The company continues to advance the expansion of its ground station infrastructure to facilitate global maritime services. Eutelsat OneWeb currently offers connectivity services to the maritime sector through specialised maritime distribution partners like Marlink.

Commenting on the deal, Carole Plessy, VP of Europe and Maritime, Eutelsat OneWeb, said: “This is a new generation of broadband services for maritime, powered by LEO satellites to create a truly global connectivity platform to bring fibre to the high seas. Eutelsat OneWeb and Marlink service will support Ponant in its ongoing digitalisation, both on and offshore and Ponant’s guests with a high-quality internet experience to match its refined experience. Marlink is a highly respected industry leader and we are delighted to be continuing in our partnership.”

Tore Morten Olsen, President, Maritime, Marlink, added: “Marlink is delighted to apply its expertise in integrating the latest new technologies with the addition to Eutelsat OneWeb’s LEO solution to the smart hybrid network available to guests and crew onboard Le Commandant Charcot. The Eutelsat OneWeb’s LEO constellation provides a new level of user experience onboard ship, unlocking new applications as well as supporting safer, more efficient sailing.”