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Connecting the World and Oceans with Starlink...

Caroline Blatter

Over the last 18 months, we have witnessed a revolution in the satellite communications industry, with the commercial launch of the first LEO (Low Earth Orbit) constellation Starlink from SpaceX, revolutionising maritime communications as we know it.

The well known independent communications integrator company e3 Systems, established in 1996 and one of the largest in the yachting industry, are authorised Starlink resellers. With their head office in Palma, and e3 USA in Florida, they have over 50 technical, sales and operational staff across offices in Europe and the USA.

Combining innovation, expertise and exceptional support, they provide customers across the globe with a world-class service.

e3 Systems configured and installed their first Starlink Maritime system in July 2022 and have helped many other yachts since and, as with their other systems, have developed a knowledge bank of good practices.

Read more on this link, and two interesting different case studies below...

e3 Systems Case Studies...

54m Feadship - Northwest Passage 

A 54.9m Feadship has successfully transited the Northwest Passage from east to west in August 2023! 

e3 installed a Starlink Maritime system with twin panels in June before the yacht headed north. This gave them the opportunity to see how the service operated with the reduced number of Starlink satellites at these high latitudes. The service was consistent throughout the passage. 

The Captain reported “The service has been good, we did notice a drop when video calling at times. Whatsapp calls frequently dropped out but Zoom calls never. Uploading files and pictures was quite slow but downloading quick.” 

The yacht used more than 3TB of data consistently over August. As e3 suspected, the latency increased at the most northerly point but was still useable. 

SY Shagala Bagala - The MED

Captain Simon Tibbot from SY Shagala Bagala is another happy customer. He has reported download speeds of 392Mbps whilst sailing at 10 knots with a heel of 30 degrees! 

The panel was installed on the ensign staff mount which was designed and constructed in carbon fibre by BM Composites on Mallorca and suitable for sailing yachts of all sizes. 

In addition to the Starlink service, captain Simon contracted e3's Big Data Europe 4G and 5G Pay-as-you-Go service as a back-up and said he is “very happy and grateful” for e3’s delivery and support.  

Dual Starlink install in the south of France 

e3 Systems completed another successful dual Starlink install on a motor yacht in the south of France in October

e3 have panels in stock for immediate delivery.
Get yours now!

The US Team will be at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 25th-29th October 2023.
Contact Sharon Phillips for a Special Boat Show Offer! 
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TO CONTACT e3 Systems:

Tel: Spain +34 971 404 208

Tel: USA +1 954 368 9980     

Email: [email protected]


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