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Ensuring reliable, secure near-port, on-shore and offshore connectivity, particularly during unexpected disruptions to the supply chain

Coronavirus has certainly hit global supply chains. For example, according to Tradeshift Chinese trade activity dropped 56 per cent in a single week in February 2020. Paused production, labour shortages and travel restrictions are all combining to play havoc with the globalised supply chain. Of course, it may get worse before it gets better, but it’s a question of when, not if, global supply chains recover and return to full production.

Of course, maritime transport holds much of the world’s supply chains together, transporting over 90% of the world’s trade, according to the International Maritime Organization. Maritime offers the most cost-effective way to move freight and goods en masse, as well as raw materials, around the globe.

That’s why, according to Statista, the global shipping container market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 8.3% between 2017 and 2025 to reach US$11 billion by the end of the forecast period – up from just US$4.6 billion in 2016.

Secure and reliable near-port, on-shore and offshore connectivity

Coronavirus is already having an impact on that growth, but in time supply chains will return to normal. Arguably, it’s even more important at times of disruption to know the whereabouts of goods and freight – ports may be closed, the supply chain is disrupted, and goods may remain in port (whether being offloaded or loaded to ship) for longer than is normal.

Ensuring the safe and accurate whereabouts of goods and freight at times such as these is therefore paramount, in order to minimise the loss of all assets. Telecom 26 can ensure offshore connectivity, and the accurate tracking, of people, freight and vehicles whether at sea, near port, in port or on-shore.

We offer a complete range of maritime wireless communication services, from the tracking of freight and goods on board (IoT), and precision location of ships to optimised satellite backhaul and macro offshore connectivity, which means that you are always in touch with crew members and on-board devices. Contiguous connectivity also provides full mobile services and broadband internet while at sea, which helps to boost morale among crew members – as well as aiding employee recruitment and retention – who can stay in touch with loved ones on-shore.

Many vessels spend significant time in ports internationally, requiring seamless WiFi and cellular capabilities, as well as dynamic connectivity to in-port private networks. Telecom26 offerings include our dual-IMSI SIM router, which constantly scans for the best network quality and seamlessly switches to the best connection, and can be set to favour private networks over public networks, and vice versa.

Full range of connectivity options for maritime

We offer a full range of connectivity options, including 5G, LTE, WiFi, NB-IoT, RFID, private networks, 2G, 3G and 4G, as well as offshore connectivity capabilities.

With the heaviest data traffic typically occurring within 12 miles of shore, our optimised and dynamic connectivity to LTE networks can create cost savings, while we also provide low cost full mobile roaming service across 600+ mobile networks and 220+ countries/territories with a single SIM while outside home service area.

Of course, such a broad range of reliable and secure offshore connectivity options also drive operational efficiencies by delivering real-time data to on-shore resources, as well as streamlining business activities to the ship. It can also drive cost savings, offering capabilities such as remote diagnostics and repair, reduced insurance costs (due to reliable, always-on asset tracking), and reduced port charges for data transfer.

Our offerings can also aid with navigation and safety, as today’s navigational systems have large data requirements, for example, the constant update of electronic maps, as well as ensure adherence to regulatory ship-to-shore communications requirements.

Telecom26’s provides reliable and secure offshore connectivity services covering all maritime needs, including streaming of HD content, remote office connectivity, weather reports, full mobile services, integrated multiple networks (such as WiFI, cellular, IoT, radio, and so on) on board, dynamic and optimised network switching, asset tracking, ship-shore regulatory communications, and even satellite backhaul while at sea.

What are you waiting for? Get in touch to find out how Telecom26 can boost your maritime connectivity and communications capabilities in port, near-shore or at sea

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