The oceans, says Ericsson, are the last “white spot” for mobile communications. Besides using the rather limited scope of ship-to-shore radio, until now, Maersk Line’s high-tech modern container ships have depended on satellite connectivity to support communication for vital shipboard functions.
But Maersk, the world’s biggest shipping company, has appointed Ericsson to implement mobile and satellite communication – antennas and GSM base stations – to its entire fleet of more than 500 container vessels.
“We believe in a networked society, where connectivity will only be the starting point for new ways of innovating, collaborating and socialising. The result will be automated and simplified processes, higher productivity and real-time information allowing quicker, more informed decision-making and problem solving,” according to Hans Vestberg, president and CEO of Ericsson.
The extended connectivity the deal offers is likely to prompt new ways of communicating and contributing to efficiency, reliability and cost reduction. It also paves the way for immediate access to remote expertise, resulting in extended access to information and, in turn, improved efficiency in the vessels’ daily operations.