We achieve a hybrid solution by combining mainly VSAT and terrestrial 3G/4G, with the option to include Fleet Broad Band, Shore Wi-Fi, or Iridium services. All of these services are connected to a multiple VLAN enabled network, via Kerio bandwidth management device. The user can establish traffic rules, by user, by device, by VLAN, and increasingly by application, to manage the consumption of data in the manner which best suits the needs and the budget of the vessel. Should one means of connectivity become unavailable, such as 4G terrestrial, when the vessel is at sea, then the service automatically switches to the VSAT.
CELLweaver is a brand name for a device which “aggregates” the connection provided by multiple SIM cards, combining data allowances and also speeds, to provide a fast and very high volume data connection using the terrestrial 3G/4G networks.
We have installed a number of aggregators on vessels, which can hold up to 4 SIM cards. They provide a high volume unlimited data package (currently up to 1 TB per month allowances) with a very high speed connection, (maximum seen in our client feedback is 80 Mbps) with the majority of clients achieving above 20 Mbps for the time that they are in range of the cellular network which can be as far as 30km offshore. With the majority of our clients spending a very high percentage of their time in coastal or near coastal waters, this service proves very satisfactory for them.