Marlink has added SpaceX’s Starlink to its connectivity portfolio. The company, along with its subsidiary OmniAccess, will act as “authorised Starlink integrators” on a global basis for maritime and enterprise customers.
Starlink will be integrated alongside Marlink’s other connectivity options including VSAT, LTE (4G/5G) and terrestrial connectivity solutions for a “seamless user experience.”
“This ability to utilise Starlink is giant step in our strategy to provide our customers with the best-in-class user experience, combining our industry-leading GEO satellite connectivity solutions with the next generation LEO high-speed, low-latency services. We are looking forward to working with SpaceX to integrate Starlink as part of our smart network solutions, creating a superior global connectivity service for our extensive maritime and enterprise customer base across the world,” said Erik Ceuppens, CEO, Marlink Group in a press release.
With the addition of Starlink, Marlink and OmniAccess customers will be able to stay connected for longer allowing them to “manage their remote businesses more efficiently than ever before, SpaceX Vice President of Starlink Sales Jonathan Hofeller commented.
Since announcing a maritime option for Starlink, SpaceX has seen a number of new customers come on board. The biggest deal so far has been with Royal Caribbean, which announced last month it was adding Starlink to its fleet of 40 cruise ships.
The company has already installed Starlink on one of its ships and work is underway to complete installations on several others. Royal Caribbean says its entire fleet will be outfitted with Starlink by early next year.
Starlink Maritime offers downloads speeds of up to 350Mbps for $5,000 per month. Customers will also have to pay $10,000 for the hardware. These prices may seem high but they are cheaper than other maritime satellite internet offerings.