There have been a number of factors informing the general upsurge in data usage on-board superyachts.
The first, and most obvious, is good old-fashioned luxury and one-upmanship. No-one in this sector wants to be the only person without access to reasonable internet provision. What’s more, superyacht owners will also often be the kind of people for whom being out-of-touch with their businesses would be impractical.
There’s also the regulatory concerns ship owner/operators have to face. MLC-2006 has stipulated that all crew members must be provided with reasonable recreational facilities; amongst which is adequate access to comms and on-board digital entertainment facilities. This has also been one of the major drivers behind the continued adoption of rich media streaming services on-board superyachts; systems that allow for the ‘drip feed’ provisioning of new films and TV series across whatever connectivity is available and are cost-effective, to be played via an on-board microstreamer later on at the crew’s leisure.