Revolutionising Offshore Internet Access with LEO Satellite Solutions

The advent of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite technology has significantly enhanced the internet experience for cruise ships and offshore workers worldwide, ushering in a new era of connectivity that rivals onshore services. This advancement has not only boosted performance with higher bandwidths and reduced latency but has also greatly enriched the lives of crew members. Now, they enjoy seamless video calls with family and enhanced leisure activities, including online gaming, during their free time.

However, this technological leap comes with its nuances. One key aspect that companies have encountered, sometimes at a high cost, is the bandwidth usage limit associated with LEO satellite services. For instance, consider the pricing model of a leading LEO provider like Starlink. They offer a plan at approximately $5,000 USD per month for a 5TB data allowance. Exceed this limit, and the costs escalate rapidly – doubling for each additional terabyte used. A usage of 10TB in a month, for example, could lead to a bill of $15,000 USD.

Such scenarios underscore the importance of effective bandwidth management, especially considering varied internet usage patterns among crew members. Directly setting usage limits with LEO service providers is a basic solution, but more sophisticated and flexible options are available. Effective bandwidth management tools, as part of comprehensive user management systems, allow for the setting of pre-defined usage limits. This ensures equitable bandwidth distribution and prioritises critical applications, helping avoid unexpectedly high costs.

At Liveport, we have been at the forefront of providing top-tier WiFi access and usage management solutions since 2008. Our expertise lies in not just enhancing internet access for your crew and guests but also in adeptly managing ongoing costs and ensuring fair bandwidth allocation. To explore how we can tailor our services to your unique needs and prevent the shock of high bills, we invite you to reach out to us. Let us help you manage your internet and WiFi effectively.

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Jeff R. Owner
With 15 years of experience in the Wireless industry and a focus and passion in the hospitality space. Jeff Rhode has run his own team that creates and manages enterprise grade wireless networks. With properties that are as small as 10 room hotels to 5000 room resorts.