First Class Connectivity at Sea

Onshore, the days of voice communication as the primary means of staying connected are long gone and the same is now true at sea. O3b delivers truly immersive broadband experiences at sea leading to unrivaled guest satisfaction, providing increased revenue generation, enhanced crew welfare and the potential for greater IT operational efficiency for cruise operators. Guests and crew benefit significantly from higher data rates and lower latency with internet speeds comparable to speeds onshore. Super-fast connectivity means they can stay in touch with family and friends through messaging, and social media without the frustrations of the slower speeds that they have had to put up with in the past. They can now stream movies, browse the internet and even game online.

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Why O3b for Mobility?


O3b delivers low latency communications at sea, equal to the “at home” experience. This broadens the available mix of premium-priced content and experiences for guests with higher disposable incomes and meaningfully improves passenger experience and satisfaction


Guests can use internet and crystal clear voice services providing a significant source of additional revenue to cruise operators.


Significantly enhance crew welfare, keep crew happier at sea, and improve both staff quality and retention.


Provide internet, cloud, and network-based services once housed on-board from centralised onshore data centres, freeing space on-board and increasing operational efficiency.

Key Features

  • O3b’s satellite beams follow the ship on its normal route
  • O3b maintains the ship within the beam centre
  • O3b receives latitude/longitude updates on two hour intervals via in-band or out-of-band channel
  • Beam tracking updates in real-time if the ship has to change course
  • 1.2m or 2.2m Stabilised Terminals
  • Dual tracking antennas provide seamless handover at end of pass and in case of blockage
  • 3rd hot standby spare antenna and spare modem for redundancy
  • GigE Interface to the LAN in the ship’s data centre
  • Internet access at major peering points from O3b regional gateways

“It’s a game-changer for us and for the guests we are going to attract on board”