The Baltic Sea will be the worlds first broadband sea: Swedish Nowhere Networks digitalizes the oceans
Each year, a total of 70 million passengers travel the Baltic Sea by ship. 700,000 are international tourists on cruiseships who anchor in Stockholm before returning to the Baltic Sea.
So far, the only broadband alternative at sea has been the internet via expensive satellite or poor LTE connection. Those connections are rarely sufficient for todays modern and demanding passengers who require constant high speed and low latancy connection. Nowhere Networks are now building a complete network with 100 times higher capacity to a fraction of the cost compared to satellite connection
“The demand for safe and cost-effective broadband is enormous. This is a breakthrough that now makes it possible to work, surf and manage social media the same as on land. We build broadband capacity on ships at a level that nobody had thought was possible,” says Asbjörn Frydenlund, CEO of Nowhere Networks.
The shipping company Rederi AB Eckerö has used the Nowhere Networks radiolink technology for approximately a year on the line between Grisslehamn and Mariehamn. After a short while they decided to expand the solution to cover all passenger ships in their fleet.
“The need for data capacity is constantly increasing and the combination of sufficient reach and high capacity is a challenge. After evaluations we have now chosen the solution that we believe will provide the best capacity. The projects have run smoothly and we are approaching our goal of having a stable and fast broadband to all passenger ships in our fleet. Cost-effectiveness is important and the fact that vessels operate on routes where other shipping companies also have the same interest in fast broadband is an advantage,” says Kenneth Påvall, IT infrastructure manager at Rederi AB Eckerö.
Today shipping companies, with more than 15 million passengers a year travelling the Baltic Sea, are involved in creating this large network. Already there is coverage from Stockholm as well as Visby to Helsinki and Tallinn.
“This is just the beginning. By the end of the year we will cover traffic to Turku, Riga and Oskarshamn. At the current rate, we will have digitalized the entire Baltic Sea by the end of year 2020. This means that ships and travelers can be fully connected at the same speed and with the same stability as on mainland,” says Asbjörn Frydenlund, CEO of Nowhere Networks.
Nowhere Networks started year 2017 with the idea of creating a radio link system for ships that would reach over 50 km from the coast with the highest possible capacity and which could be scaled up through normal sales and distribution.
“We quickly realized that the need in the market was much broader than that of normal sales and distribution. Therefore, a year ago, we decided to make life better for our customers by creating a full service concept. This includes installation, mast rent, operation, internet, and everything else required for the vessels to handle todays customers who require constant connection and also the vessels IT operations increasing need for more broadband,” says CG Sänne, vice president and sales manager.
In order to achieve long reach and high capacity, Nowhere Networks use highly positioned heavy-duty antennas on land and on ships. It ensures high speed and fast response time. It is the same technology that mobile operators use to link their mobile masts, but with moving targets in the form of ships. We combine our moving and stabilized antennas with cloud-based software that constantly monitors, adjusts and ensures that the ships get the best possible connection. The software continuously learns what is best for all vessels and builds up its intelligence over time.
Nowhere Networks is a Swedish fast-growing innovative high-tech company that develops its own cost-effective radio-based broadband solution for the shipping industry. Our business concept is to offer broadband services with high speed and high quality to ships at a significantly lower cost compared to older systems and other available solutions in the market. The technical solution consists of a radio communication solution with built-in antenna tracking technology that automatically communicates a wireless signal from ship to land and keeps the vessels connected at all times. Our intelligent cloud-based software platform scales to over 10,000 vessels and enables automatic operation and control.