Most shipsteads and platform seasteads, particularly those specializing in so-called “knowledge industries,” will require high-speed Internet, which becomes harder to obtain the farther from existing data links you get. Satellite Internet is used by most existing cruise ships and large ocean liners, but it is expensive, and sends and receives data with a lag.
Therefore, connecting to land-based data links may be a better alternative. At distances of more than 12 nautical miles from shore, the possibilities are somewhat limited, but some proposed solutions have included wireless transmitters atop a system of relay buoys, and newer technologies like WiMAX 4G technology and point-to-point optical laser. Each of these possibilities poses unique challenges, but each also lends itself to creative solutions.
Posted on February 1, 2012 at 1:24 am