Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ Ferry, ‘Sunflower Satsuma’, Tests Starlink Introduction

Sunflower Satsuma

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ ferry service, Sunflower, is set to provide a trial of the satellite broadband service ‘Starlink Business’ on the ‘Sunflower Satsuma’ ferry, operating the Osaka to Shibushi route.

This marks the first implementation on a long-distance ferry, planned from the departure on February 6th to the departure on March 31st. Access will be available via the ship’s Wi-Fi.

Utilizing Starlink’s low orbit satellites will significantly improve communication speed by enabling communication with low orbit satellites, which was difficult with conventional mobile phones due to weak signals from base stations over long distances. Following satisfactory results from trials conducted for the crew, the scope is expanded. Based on the outcome of these trials, considerations will be made for a full-scale service rollout to other ships and routes.

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