At the same time, he realised that the yacht stayed close to shore all the time whilst the owner was on board, and that the cellular coverage was really good; it was just not available inside the yacht. This led him to think that a professional, very dependable high-bandwidth solution to connect yachts to the internet would make a big difference in the industry, particularly for “boss trips” where internet requirements are particularly high and cellular coverage is good due to proximity to the shore. A gap in the market had been uncovered – what was Darger to do next?
The company accommodates the unique technical and security requirements of ultra-private individuals – how does it do it?
In 2010, CELLweaver’s CEO Wilko Darger was on board a 90m new build Lürssen during an extended trip along the Amalfi Coast. He was there to commission a complex AV/IT/ Comms system, test it in real-life conditions and hand it over to the owner, who spent most of his time onboard. The yacht was connected to the internet via VSAT (2 MBit/s MIR downstream), but with only one VSAT terminal there was sporadic mast blockage. The team needed to up-and-download quite large files, for which relying on VSAT really slowed them down. The owner asked Darger to populate his onboard media server with content downloaded from the internet. Again, this was not really feasible using just the VSAT connection.