As a sailor, it is essential to have emergency communications on board. Depending on the region, various satellite phones offer themselves as a basic device. Iridium and Thuraya satellite phones also allow a setup as a data modem and a connection to a computer or smartphone. This allows emails or Grib files for weather data to be retrieved. In an emergency, a satellite phone can easily be taken into the life raft.
With Iridium, the data rate of up to 2.4kbps is very low. However, it is sufficient for pure text emails or Grib files. In connection with the Iridium GO! Iridium offers an unlimited data tariff plan. Thus, the monthly fees are capped and no nasty surprises await you. The con of the Iridium GO! is that you will also always need a smartphone or tablet to use it. If you have to go to the life raft, you will have to take the GO! and smartphone with you.
In the Mediterranean, for example, Thuraya phones can also be used to retrieve data with a data rate of 60/15 kbps (download/upload). Data transfer is significantly cheaper with Thuraya than with Iridium. Thuraya charges per MB, Iridium per minute.
Professional solutions for fixed installation
In addition to mobile phones, there are solutions that offer significantly higher data rates of up to 700 kbps and, in some cases, multiple telephone lines. With these systems you have access to the internet and email in good quality.
An Inmarsat FleetOne system offers 150kbps (download/upload) with a contract of only one month minimum duration.
Inmarsat FleetBroadBand devices offers 250 or 500kbps (download/upload) respectively, but the devices are quite large relative to the new Iridium Certus devices.
The Iridium Certus devices Intellian C700, Thales VesseLINK 700 or Cobham Sailor 4300 offer up to 700/300 kbps (download/upload) data rate.
Small and performant with 176kbps (download/upload) is the Iridium Certus Thales VesseLINK 200 system with up to three telephone lines and integrated firewall, which protects you from unwanted data traffic.
Maritime satellite terminals
For systems without a firewall, we also offer an external hardware firewall. To protect you from unwanted costs, we can also set up alerts when a MByte limit set by you is exceeded: You will then either receive a notification by email, or the card will be blocked for further data traffic. Multiple limits are also possible: at 20 MByte “only” a notification will come, at 50 MByte a notification will come and the card will be blocked for further data traffic.