Aiming to transcend the limitations of satellite-based communication at sea, Ericsson has launched Mesh Networks, which it claims makes next-generation mobile connectivity the go-to choice for enterprise connectivity across the waves.
The Swedish comms tech provider estimates that by 2030, the digitisation of industries such as manufacturing and transport could generate $3.8tn of revenue opportunities across the ICT sector, an estimate that includes the maritime and ports industry.
It says that, like other industries, the maritime industry is interested in systems for improving safety, autonomous navigation, IoT (internet of things) monitoring and automation. However, the maritime industry has been dependent on satellite-based communication, which has relatively higher latencies, higher costs and lower bit rates than terrestrial-based 4G LTE and 5G mobile networks.
This, argues Ericsson, has held back the maritime industry’s digitisation progress compared with other Industry 4.0 verticals.
The Ericsson Maritime Mesh Network works through the use of 5G and other technologies, and builds a dynamic network architecture between maritime vessels across common international shipping lanes. Its operating principle is based on assuming that across major well-trafficked shipping lanes, such as the 2,500km Oman-India route, there would be about 200 vessels present en route, and with a random