Support vessel group upgrades North Sea communications

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, NorwaySimon Møkster Shipping has become the first company to integrate Marlink-supplied Tampnet North Sea LTE (long-term evolution) services throughout its fleet of offshore vessels.

Tampnet’s low latency, high-bandwidth North Sea LTE services are provided through a 2,500-km (1,553-mi) subsea fiber network, said to function seamlessly as part of Simon Møkster’s hybrid communication service.

The latter also integrates high bandwidth VSAT (very small aperture terminal), L-band and terrestrial 3G/4G to form a comprehensive multi-band communication system, Marlink adds.

The vessel contractor’s on board communication technology strategy is to ensure high bandwidth broadband availability for its clients, wherever they operate.

In the North Sea, integration of the Tampnet North Sea LTE service will allow them to use the new connectivity for real-time applications optimized with lower latency links, i.e. video-conferencing or instant messaging.

In addition, Tampnet’s technology’s is said to perform well in adverse weather conditions.

Although Tampnet services have been available in the North Sea since late 2013, the current user-base mainly comprises FPSOs, drilling rigs and vessels with specific requirements. Simon Møkster is the first vessel company to use the offshore mobile service on a fleet-wide basis, made possible as a result of the partnership that Tampnet and Marlink entered into last May.


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