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Superyacht connectivity report forecasts surge in VSAT usage

New research has revealed that 80 percent of superyacht professionals surveyed expect to use VSAT for more than half the time on-board within the next five years.

Published in the newly launched 2019 Inmarsat Superyacht Connectivity Report, the finding is among several significant insights that back evidence of a substantial surge in VSAT connectivity usage on-board the superyacht fleet by 2024 as the desire for freedom to sail anywhere and everywhere augments the demand for continuous, global on-board connectivity.

Inmarsat has launched its second annual report, in association with The Superyacht Group, to gain a unique understanding of the future requirements for global, mobile satellite communications on superyachts by analyzing input from superyacht skippers, senior crew, chief engineers and technical professionals on vessels ranging from 24m to over 100m.

Spend increase

Key findings from the 2019 Inmarsat Superyacht Connectivity Report include:

Usage of large scale VSAT will increase – currently, 46% of respondents, growing to 80% by 2024, are using VSAT more than 50% of the time on-board

Spend on satellite communication will increase – currently, 34% of respondents spend between €5,000 and €20,000 annually, growing to 57% by 2024

Demand for IoT applications will increase – currently, respondents predict IoT will account for 6.2% of operational connectivity demand, increasing to 24.7 percent by 2024

Demand for TV over IP streaming will increase – currently, 24% of respondents are using 50% or more of their connectivity use on TV over IP streaming, growing to 58% by 2024

Only 17% know the difference between Anti-Virus software and more secure endpoint protection

5% of respondents say that no-one oversees cybersecurity on-board

More than 80% of respondents showed a lack of awareness about the most effective measures of cybersecurity

Higher growth

Peter Broadhurst, Senior Vice President, Yachting and Passenger, Inmarsat said: “Once again, it has been hugely beneficial and informative for us to work with the superyacht community to produce the annual
Inmarsat Superyacht Connectivity Report. Underlining their needs for the future, the report ensures that we can match our services with their requirements by providing the best, most reliable
connectivity at sea globally.

“As expected, the results confirm the expansion of digitalization in the sector is gathering pace – but the level of projected growth in large scale VSAT usage and spend in the next five years is even higher than anticipated.

“The feedback on cybersecurity, a key factor in the future safety of these vessels, is particularly valuable for us in our continued work with superyacht professionals to provide more robust and accessible options. With the research confirming that most respondents are still not aware that an in-depth, multi-layer cyber defense is much more effective than a standard antivirus program, it is essential that we help to raise awareness in this area by working with captains and engineers.”

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Media contact: Shoma Ferrari, shoma@globalsatellite.us, socialmedia@globalsatellite.us

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