Singapore Telecommunications Limited, commonly known as Singtel, announced Friday that it has added Starlink connectivity to its maritime portfolio of services to drive industry innovation and growth.

Singtel said in a statement that it will augment its maritime digital offerings with Starlink’s satellites to drive adoption of digital solutions by ship owners and operators so they can innovate and tap into advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, edge computing, as well as access cloud-based solutions to improve safety, operational efficiencies, and crew well-being.

With enhanced connectivity and low latency capabilities, ship operators can analyze data in real-time to increase productivity, reduce costs of fuel consumption and operational maintenance, among other benefits.

Starlink is the first low Earth orbit (LEO) broadband service to be added to Singtel’s comprehensive portfolio of award-winning, digital smart solutions for vessels known as iSHIP, which also includes Paragon – the telco’s an all-in-one orchestration platform for 5G edge computing and cloud services.

The platform will manage and automate the smart switching between satellite communication services ensuring uninterrupted, high quality network coverage as ships traverse long distances, including the most remote locations and under severe conditions.

It will also enable ships to leverage edge computing, host mission critical applications either on-premises or at shore – freeing up valuable bandwidth and improving reliability.

“The maritime industry is a complex, interconnected environment involving large volumes of data being transmitted between thousands of terminals, ships, and ports across the world,

“We have seen growing demands for faster, more resilient, and low latency connectivity as the industry starts to embrace digital transformation,” said Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Digital InfraCo, Singtel.

“The addition of Starlink to our existing suite of satellite communications solutions, orchestrated by our patented Paragon platform, is part of our multi-orbit strategy to increase the resilience of satellite connectivity in the industry and to enable the rapid adoption of digital technologies and solutions,

“As the first telco in Singapore to offer Starlink, we are confident that this offering will further facilitate the development of smart, secure, and sustainable solutions that will positively impact the industry,” he added.

According to the statement, high-speed, end-to-end connectivity is required to improve operational efficiencies, lower costs and raise the safety and security of vessels.

It noted Starlink is the world’s first and largest satellite constellation using LEO technology to deliver high-speed, low-latency Internet connectivity in even the most remote

As the only telco in the Southeast Asian region that features a multi-band satellite network including both LEO and geostationary orbit (GEO) offerings, it said customers can be assured that their ships and crew stay connected even in the most demanding maritime conditions.

With over 5,000 satellites in its constellation, it said Starlink can provide global maritime coverage for vessels of all sizes, delivering up to 220 Mbps download speed – easily capable of supporting fleet management, remote monitoring, and navigation.

It said tThe flat high-performance kit is designed for mobility applications and challenging environments with operating temperatures from -30°C to 50°C.

It also said Starlink’s small form factor, simple installation process and efficient power consumption will ensure easy integration and energy efficiencies for ships of all sizes.

As the maritime industry progresses on its digital transformation journey, it said the demand for more bandwidth and faster satellite connectivity will continue to grow.

Singtel is Asia’s leading communications technology group, providing a portfolio of services from next- generation communication, 5G and technology services to infotainment to both consumers and businesses.

The group has presence in Asia, Australia and Africa and reaches over 770 million mobile customers in 21 countries.

Its infrastructure and technology services for businesses span 21 countries, with more than 428 direct points of presence in 362 cities.

Starlink is a satellite constellation using a low Earth orbit to deliver broadband internet capable of supporting streaming, online gaming, video calls and more. The firm is engineered and operated by SpaceX.

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