The NAVA Internet service, billed as the fastest across Bass Strait, is available now on any Wi-Fi-enabled device (laptops, tablets and mobile phones) on board the Spirit of Tasmania ships, at a cost of $20 per crossing or $12 per hour.
IPSTAR says the service will provide a superior experience for passengers – fast reliable Wi-Fi throughout the journey providing access email, web browsing and all the usual applications such as Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Snapchat and Facebook.
And IPSTAR says that for Spirit of Tasmania’s crew, who spend long periods away from family and friends, the service is essential for keeping them connected and entertained during their down time.
Simon Pearce, Chief Information Officer at Spirit of Tasmania says he is confident passengers will be impressed with the speed and consistency of the new system.
“We’re continually looking for ways to improve the on board experience for our passengers and by introducing the NAVA system they can now enjoy a fast seamless service throughout their entire journey,” Pearce said.
“From an operational perspective, by ensuring a constant connection between our crew on board and our staff on shore, we are in the best possible position to continue providing exceptional service to our passenger and freight clients.”
IPSTAR utilises a gyrostablised 1.5 metre antenna with a large 16W KU band transmitter, which it says ensures availability and reliability of the internet throughout the rough Bass Strait crossing.
IPSTAR distributes the internet throughout the ship using a Cisco wireless network, providing users with the flexibility of roaming from one part of the ship onto the next with seamless switching and minimal connectivity loss.
IPSTAR Managing Director, Shannon Fisher, said the NAVA service, which uses IPSTAR Broadband’s own satellite, Thaicom 4, was part of the company’s commitment to improving access to high-speed internet in parts of Australia where digital connectivity has been poor.
“Just as we are striving to provide high-speed satellite internet to families and businesses in rural and remote Australia, so too are we providing access to passengers and crew on one of the world’s most famous sea crossings,” Fisher said.
“People want to share their experiences with friends and loved ones instantly and NAVA will enable passengers on Spirit of Tasmania to share photographs and other content as if they were onshore.”