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The Man­ag­ing Data Con­sump­tion Is­sue

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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.

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