With higher numbers of cruise ships expected to visit the Polar regions in the coming years, passenger and operational demand will be met through a combination of new and existing satellite capacity at ever more extreme latitudes.
Marlink has published a Polar Connectivity Whitepaper investigating the current status and future outlook for satellite capacity and connectivity based on vessel activity in the polar regions. The report examines vessel demand in the context of the post-pandemic bounceback and includes data and insights from industry experts on how the market will evolve in the medium term.
The report is essential reading for cruise operators sailing (or with plans to sail) in the Arctic or Antarctic regions and addresses questions like:
- How has the pandemic impacted demand for connectivity in the polar regions?
- What impact is the increasing demand for polar cruises having on bandwidth availability?
- Will new non-geostationary capacity make possible new levels of connectivity as passenger numbers rise?
- How can cruise operators and shipping companies operating in these regions best prepare, as sailing routes continue to expand while crew and passengers’ consume and demand ever increasing levels of bandwidth?
The report includes an overview of the polar/ice class fleet and its growth prospects, sample AIS data on vessel traffic in the polar regions, statistics on evolving cruise port calls inside the Arctic Circle, a summary of the available polar connectivity options and a comparison of the satellite connectivity networks available today and into the future.
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