Cruise Ship “NIPPON MARU” Upgrades High-Speed ​​Internet Access with “JSATMarine” Service – SatNews

Nippon Maru cruise ship

The JSATMarine service upgrade aims to increase speed to meet growing customer demand for internet usage, especially at sea around Japan where cellular network is not accessible.

Mitsui OSK Passenger Line, Ltd., Furuno Electric Co., Ltd., and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation announced today that the cruise ship “NIPPON MARU” *1 operated by MOPAS underwent an upgrade in March with SKY Perfect JSAT “JSATMarine” High Speed ​​Maritime Broadband Service*2 to further improve its on-board passenger Wi-Fi service and Internet access environment for operational use. NIPPON MARU is the first cruise ship to use the JSATMarine.

NIPPON MARU has been using satellite internet access service under the MOPAS, Furuno and SKY Perfect JSAT partnership since 2010, which marked the dawn of internet usage on ships. In 2020, NIPPON MARU celebrated the 30and anniversary of its services, and after undergoing a major refurbishment in the same year, the onboard passenger Wi-Fi service became available in almost all areas of the ship (bedrooms and public areas). The JSATMarine service upgrade aims to increase speed to meet growing customer demand for internet usage, especially at sea around Japan where cellular network is not accessible.

MOPAS Radio Room Official mentioned, “Cruise travel has aspects that allow for extraordinary experiences, but when it comes to using the Internet, it can be said that being able to access information at will from anywhere on board, without giving you the impression of being on a ship, is ideal.”

Additionally, taking advantage of JSATMarine’s dramatically fast downlink (shore-to-ship) speed, it should be used for all-time big data communications, such as web streaming and video downloads, as well as communications. vessel operations. It is not a readily available option on conventional satellite Internet access services due to limitations such as speeds.

On NIPPON MARU, JSATMarine’s test service started in March and planned to increase its speed plan up to 30 Mbps (shore-to-ship) and 3 Mbps (ship-to-earth) in the future.

A MOPAS Radio Room Official commented, “We tried basic web browsing and felt there wasn’t much difference to the internet we use on land. Thinking back to the history of maritime communications, we didn’t think such a high-speed plan at a fixed price would be possible.

For this upgrade, Furuno provided the JSATMarine service with its VSAT equipment and technical support. As a marine electronics company, Furuno has long been an experienced supplier of satellite communication equipment, but this was the first time that Furuno provided equipment for JSATMarine service. Furuno has done pre-testing for smooth commissioning and operation on board, and also provides 24/7/365 stable support.

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*1 “NIPPON MARU”: Built in 1990. Ocean-going cruise ship that offers a wide range of cruises from nighttime getaways to around-the-world cruises. With over a century of experience operating cruise ships since the Meiji era, voyage on NIPPON MARU offers the hospitality and relaxation of life at sea. Cruise passengers enjoy cuisines, and many are regular customers.
*2 “JSATMarine”: maritime broadband service provided by SKY Perfect JSAT using its own satellites and own platform. Service coverage includes major shipping routes from the Western Pacific Ocean region to the Indian Ocean region and the Middle East with speeds as fast as 50 Mbps (ship to shore). For more details, please contact SKY Perfect JSAT ([email protected]). Furuno provides the equipment for the JSATMarine service.