Connexion by Boeing
and Teekay Shipping Corporation have signed an agreement to launch a maritime trial of the Connexion by
Boeing service over the North Atlantic beginning in August 2004.“Teekay is a proven leader in the maritime industry and we are thrilled at
the opportunity to demonstrate the value that affordable real-time, high-
speed connectivity can bring to their operations at sea,” said Connexion by
Boeing President Scott Carson.
“It has been exhilarating to work with the world’s leading aviation
manufacturer. What is more exciting however, is the ability to trial their
high-speed Internet service at sea solution,” said Graham Westgarth,
president of Teekay Marine Services. “Affordable broadband on our ships
will allow us to explore business solutions and services that have
previously not been feasible.”
The Connexion by Boeing maritime solution - 2.5 Mbps to the vessel and
256 kbps from the vessel - is much faster than the most commonly
deployed narrowband maritime communications systems available today.
This capability will allow users to access the Internet and firewall-protected
corporate intranets, send outgoing e-mails or open large attachments from
incoming e-mails and get the news, weather or destination information.
“This service brings new choices to the maritime market, offering previously
unavailable productivity strategies for owners to manage their fleets.
Through Connexion by Boeing’s open architecture, the maritime community
will have a universal selection of applications, new networking solutions
and services focused on improving fleet productivity and safety,” said Sean
Schwinn, Connexion by Boeing vice president of Strategy and Business
“Supplying the high-speed connectivity capability of Connexion by Boeing
to maritime vessels is a natural complement to our commercial airline
service. The maritime solution leverages the existing satellite and ground-
based network Connexion by Boeing has established and will bring the
same capabilities for robust, high-speed connectivity to the maritime
industry,” Schwinn said.