Marlink breaks boundaries to deliver smart hybrid connectivity to Ponant

Le Commandant Charcot (Credit: Nicolas Dubreuil, Ponant - August 2021)Marlink, the leading provider of smart network solutions, is supporting PONANT’s first polar exploration ship “Le Commandant Charcot”, with unrivalled data and voice connectivity to create a unique, seamless communication experience for guests on board.

“Le Commandant Charcot” became the first vessel of her kind to reach the geographic North Pole on September 6, 2021, during sea trials in preparation for her maiden voyage later this year.

Marlink provided a truly unique and industry-first hybrid network solution, combining Sealink dual C- and Ku-band VSAT connectivity, GEO and LEO L-band connectivity and a high-data volume LEO store & forward capability. The network employs the latest technologies, including software defined routeing (SD-WAN) for an optimized and unparalleled guest experience. Marlink’s LTE/GSM service completes the hybrid network solution and enables PONANT to provide aggregated delivery of hundreds of gigabytes per month, offering a record amount of data to connectivity-hungry customers.

“Le Commandant Charcot” will feature a new level of connectivity, enhancing the experience for guests and keeping them connected when at extreme latitudes, said Tore Morten Olsen, President, Maritime, Marlink. By combining GEO and LEO constellations with our managed services terrestrial connectivity and global network know-how, Marlink is able to provide the best possible services and keep PONANT’s promises to its customers.

(Ponant, Marlink)