Where Telecoms & Energy Connect
The Managing Data Consumption Issue
Data is headed your way,
what’s your strategy?
Over the last five years mobile data use has increased 18- fold. And, according to Brent Bruun, executive vice president of KVH’s Mobile Broadband Group, more than half of all internet traffic is now video. In the midst of what seems to be booming demand for maritime connectivity, KVH has introduced a service to provide unrestricted, prior it i sed, multimegabit service with unrestricted access to all internet applications and protocols, including streaming media formats, popular Voice over IP services like Skype, as well as media rich websites. Previously such data was only available with very expensive dedicated satellite capacity. On many vessels equipped with a maritime VSAT service, crew use accounts for 85- 90 percent of the total bandwidth consumed. Helping vessel owners to manage crew internet access is a key aspect of maintaining the onboard network. Internet café and VoIP calling card services help the crew self manage their data. Usage is monitored and further capacity can be added as required. Rather than block popular high bandwidth services, or limit access through deliberately reduced speeds, usage based rate plans provide a defined amount of data in a monthly package. Should the package threshold be exceeded the customer has the opportunity to buy more. Bundles from 5Gb to 40Gb are available from $ 200 ($ 0.20 per Mb) with speeds of up to 4Mbps.