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Inmarsat on VSAT Growth Parameters by 2024

A study of captains, engineers, and crew members of superyachts predicts a significant increase in the VSAT segment – small-aperture satellite terminals – as digitalization in the ship communications industry continues to grow.
Inmarsat VSAT Inmarsat showed a new study, according to which about 80 percent of the superyacht professionals surveyed plan to use the VSAT for more than half the time on board over the next five years.

This conclusion, published in the recently released Communication Report on the Super Yacht Segment, is one of several important points confirming the significant increase in the use of connections through VSAT in the superyacht fleet by 2024, since the desire for free sailing everywhere increases the demand for continuous global connection on board.

Inmarsat, a world leader in satellite communications, released its second annual report with The Superyacht Group to gain a unique insight into the future needs of global mobile satellite communications in superyachts by analyzing the contributions of superyacht skippers, senior crew, chief engineers and technical experts on board ships. length from 24 meters to about a hundred.

Key findings of the 2019 Inmarsat Super Yacht Communications Report:

Inmarsat VSAT The use of large VSAT systems will increase – currently 46% of respondents, and by 2024 their number will increase to 80%, use VSAT more than 50% of the time on board.
Satellite communications expenses will increase – currently 34% of respondents spend from 5,000 to 20,000 euros per year, and by 2024 their number will increase to 57%
Demand for IoT applications will increase – at present, respondents forecast that one hundred per IoT will account for 6.2% of the need for an operational connection, and by 2024 – up to 24.7%
The demand for streaming on television over IP will increase – currently 24% of respondents use 50% or more of their connections to television via streaming over IP, and by 2024 this figure will increase to 58%
Only 17% of respondents know the difference between antivirus software and more reliable protection of information systems.
5% of respondents say no one monitors cybersecurity on board
Over 80% of respondents showed insufficient awareness of the most effective cybersecurity measures
Peter Broadhurst, senior vice president of yachting and passenger transportation at Inmarsat, said: “Once again, it was extremely useful and informative for us to work with the superyacht community to prepare the Inmarsat Superyacht Connectivity annual report. By emphasizing their future needs, the report ensures that we can match our services with the needs of respondents, providing the best and most reliable maritime connectivity worldwide.

As expected, the results confirm that the expansion of digitalization in the sector is gaining momentum, but the level of projected growth in large-scale use of VSAT and costs over the next five years is even higher than expected. Feedback on cybersecurity, which is a key factor in the future safety of ships, is especially valuable to us in our ongoing work with superyacht professionals to provide more reliable and affordable options. Studies confirm that most respondents still do not know that deep multi-level cyber defense is much more effective than a standard antivirus program, so it is important to help us raise awareness in this area by working with captains and engineers. ”

To help captains and crews of superyachts maintain the core of a secure system on board, Inmarsat has developed its Fleet Secure Portfolio portfolio to provide a complete solution consisting of three services:

Intellian Inmarsat VSATFleet Secure UTM (Unified Threat Management), which is a comprehensive set of tools designed to continuously check, detect and protect the ship’s network
Fleet Secure Endpoint, a powerful multi-tier endpoint security solution that prevents attacks while removing infections and threats at all endpoints on board
Fleet Secure Cyber ​​Awareness is a cybersecurity training specifically designed for seafarers, raising awareness, helping prevent threats before seafarers get on board
The Inmarsat Yachting and Passenger portfolio includes the Fleet Xpress platform operating in the global Xpress Ka-band network, combined with the proven reliability of the Inmarsat FleetBroadband L-band flagship service. Fleet Xpress benefits include affordable voice calls, a variety of voice options for crew and management, high-speed broadband Internet access, and 24-hour online support from certified engineers. For superyacht customers, Fleet Xpress provides additional subscription flexibility to meet seasonal changes in demand.

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