Elon Musk’s aerospace firm SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service has partnered with Elcome International, a marine electronics company based in Dubai, to offer internet services to the maritime sector.
According to Elcome, the service will offer merchant ships, oil rigs, and luxury yachts access to an internet speed 100 times faster than conventional satellite services. The service uses Starlink’s low-Earth orbit satellites, the largest constellation of satellites at such an altitude.
The company will provide customers with installation, integration, and field support using Starlink. Elcome has implemented multi-antenna Starlink arrays delivering hundreds of megabits of low-latency bandwidth on two superyachts catering to more than 100 crew and guests simultaneously.
“We are so excited to bring the benefits of Starlink to our customers,” said Jimmy Grewal, Elcome’s Executive Director. “It’s not just about fast Internet, but the opportunity for us to implement real-time remote monitoring and autonomy solutions for these customers in ways that were not previously possible. Also, consider the benefit to crew members who will now be able to better stay in touch with family and friends while out at sea.”
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