LTE-based Sea TrialThe fourth generation of mobile communication is now available on vessels at sea trial located up to 100km off a yard.

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering of Korea and SK Telecom, Korea's largest mobile carrier, have announced on April 15 that they completed a development of the world’s first LTE ship communication system for long-distance sea trial.

The newly developed is an advanced service capable of using LTE-class wireless data as well as voice communication even on offshore at a long distance thanks to LTE network.  

For utilizing the service, both companies applied Daewoo’s long-distance signal technology for ship to SK’s leading LTE infrastructure construction and operation technologies and finally developed the world’s very first ‘Offshore LTE router’, optimized for smooth operation offshore.  

Moreover, technical teams at Daewoo and SK have put continued efforts, such as conducting an offshore tests frequently and so on, thus could extend a maximum signal distance up to 100km offshore.

Through the LTE service, Daewoo expects to see its business competitiveness be enhanced to the next level by reducing a service charge for using satellite communications as well as costs from minimizing manpower which currently needs about 200 workers for sea trial.

Furthermore, with a high-speed wireless internet network on LTE basis, various data regarding shipbuilding can be conveyed freely between offshore and onshore that a real-time business management seems possible that reducing the term of works greatly is also anticipated to achieve.

(Source: Asiasis)