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FX vs Ku Comparison


Is VSAT a commodity or a value-added route to smarter shipping? In this white paper ‘Maritime VSAT - Connectivity certainty that’s made to measure’, we place a spotlight on VSAT services, unravelling the differences between the vast myriad of services available. We uncover the truth behind the claimed benefits behind Ka-band and Ku-band propositions and ask whether VSAT is a basis for fleet-wide value creation?

If you’re an owner looking to move to VSAT for the first time or a manager wanting to know more before writing a satcoms tender, this whitepaper provides clear guidance on what to ask so you can make an informed decision on your investment.


How can you guarantee seamless connectivity between regions?

When sailing across the world’s oceans you don’t want to be left stranded without a connection, so it’s critical to ensure your provider offers a stable seamless connection at a global level. Ask whether the network has been built for global mobility and if the service offers a guaranteed connection across different regions? Find out if the service will cost more in low density areas to mitigate against bill shock?

Can you be assured of unlimited, guaranteed backup?

It’s normal to expect some form of interruption on VSAT service on any band. Antenna blockage is the typical cause, but users of Ku-band may have metered or limited back-up plans leaving you open to costly bills or even a complete drop of service. Find out whether your supplier can deliver unlimited back-up at the same fixed price.

How can you tell you’re getting exactly what you pay for?

When choosing the right plan make sure you have a service level agreement that you’re happy with; is the maximum committed rate and the committed information rate aligned with the requirements of your vessel?

How cyber secure is the satellite network?

Cyber prevention is a hot topic and it’s critical to ensure your vessel mitigates against risk to prevent against costly and timely delays. Ku-band operators often lease capacity from external providers. Ask who owns and operates the satellite network and get the full picture of their cyber security credentials before investing.

How reliable is Ka-band vs Ku-band?

Inmarsat was the first satellite communications provider to invest in Ka-band frequency for its Global Xpress network. Since its service launch it has put fears to rest over the impact of rain fade with research concluding there is virtually no difference between the reliability of Ka-band or Ku-band frequency.

How can I future proof my vessel?

Tightening regulation on safety and emissions is driving a new ecosystem of IoT application providers to help owners make data-driven decisions on fleet management and operational efficiency. Futureproofing your vessel will undoubtedly protect your satcoms investment to ensure your connection is fit for purpose today and for the future. Ask whether the supplier has an approved technology application programme and whether it’s planning additional network capacity to increase throughput speeds and support the future digitalisation of the sector.

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