Re: Broadband Demand Hits The High Seas
Very interesting, Chris. This is something that I find myself wondering about now and again. and even though many of us are well-read when it comes to emergent technologies, the specifics of at-sea broadband may fall a little outside of a purview. It's nice to have a primer and, just as you, this shows a very complex use case that's a great lesson for anyone. We have a) huge, globally distributed companies serving diverse services and customers, b) a unique set of needs that prevents them from buying an off-the-shelf solution and c) a dire need of something we take for granted every day. Those are three good lessons no matter what you're selling.
As for the technology itself, that's quite fascinating as well. Satellite internet is prohibitively expensive for most consumers here on land, but for some people, it's the only option. We often equate 'boadband' with 'cable' or 'fiber' (or, more recently. 4G), but it's important to remember those are just today's tools. 'The internet' is an always-evolving set of technologies, but our dependance on it is also worth considering. We know what the endgame looks like. The smart house, the smart car, and apparently, the smart boat. Those strides don't make themselves, though, and in the meantime, a lot of companies are going to be playing catch-up deciding how and when they want to get in on that bandwagon - what parts of it they can afford, and which parts best serve their own customers.