Introducing MIMO CONNECT – Seamless Internet Connectivity at sea
29th August 2019
Who are MIMO?
MIMO Connect is a business constructed of experienced yacht connectivity professionals, with skill sets from shore side support, engineering and to onboard IT experience. MIMO Connect has been created to deliver robust and high speed 4G connectivity to its clients, delivering real life and tested unrivalled speeds, security and user friendly systems. The bespoke aggregation as standard with each device is configured to ensure maximum data delivery and user experience. The technology was developed and deployed originally for the military, then moving into the public transport sector, banking and now maritime. The unit is military grade approved, therefore each unit is delivered with a 12 month warranty and option to extend by a further 4 years, a 5 year warranty is unheard of in the technology sector, but delivers confidence in the robustness of the system. Due to the conditions the unit has been built for, the versatility this delivers to the engineering team for installation is endless, giving the client choices rather than just the standard AVIT rack installation. MIMO Connect, whilst a new business to the yacht sector, the team have years of real life land side and onboard connectivity experience. This experience is priceless to ensure all possible needs of the client have been thought out from onboard crew usage and system maintenance through to guest user experience.
What is MIMO?
MIMO stands for Multiple In Multiple Out. MIMO INTRODUCING MIMO CONNECT – SEAMLESS INTERNET CONNECTIVITY AT SEA uses two special antennae in one enclosure connecting both at the same time (Main and Diversity). One antenna locks onto receive (RX) frequency and the other antenna locks onto transmit (TX) frequency for LTE-A connectivity.
WHAT IS LTE-A / 4G? Before we get into the details of what 4G/LTE is, let’s take a step back and understand what types of connections are available, what they mean to us, which is best and how we should be aiming to connect. There are many acronyms from GSM, CDMA, LTE, WIMAX, 3G, 4G and the newer 5G which is anticipated in 2020. The G in 4G stands for generation, because 4G is the 4th generation of mobile data technology as defined by the ITU (International Telecommunication Union). LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution” and applies more generally to the idea of improving wireless broadband to meet the increasing demand. 3G wireless networks replaced the slower 2G networks which allowed for the most basic of what we would now call “smartphone functionality”. 2G networks handled phones calls, basic text messaging and small amounts of data over the MMS protocol. 4G connectivity standards were set out in March 2008 by the ITU, which requiring all services described as 4G to adhere to a set of speed and connection standards. Mobile phones and devices needed sustained connection speeds of 100Mbps (10MB/s). These speeds even by today’s standards are hard to achieve and as such the acronym LTE connection is used instead. LTE (Long Term Evolution) isn’t a technology, it is the path followed to achieving 4G speeds. As such networks began advertising their connections as 4G / LTE, a marketing technique that allowed them to claim next generation connectivity without having to actually achieve these speeds. You may have also heard of LTE-A or LTE +, this takes us much closer to achieving proper 4G speeds and is much more stable than normal LTE. LTE-A (Advanced) uses MIMO (Multiple-In-MultipleOut) technology by aggregating channels, so 49 . ADVERTORIAL: TECHNOLOGY UPDATE instead of connecting to one signal in your area, you connect to the strongest multiple frequencies and can download / upload data from multiple sources at the same time.
MIMO CONNECT Modern Frequencies
Europe/USA: LTE-A (Bands: LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 41 – WCDMA 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8) APAC: LTE-A (Bands: LTE 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 21, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41- WCDMA 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 19) MIMO-Connect modems are robust and solid, built for harsh environments with high vibration tolerance and certification. Operational temperature range is from -20 Deg C to +70 Deg C. MIMO Connect offer a 2 and 4 sim solution. All modems are built with LTE-A cellular modems and compatible with US, EU and APAC cellular networks. The modems are widely used in financial institutions, transport / emergency services in Europe and the USA. Modems come with a 12-month warranty and MIMO Connect offer a 4-year extended warranty
Static IP Address (UK / Country of your choice)
MIMO Connect offer a static IP solution which bonds your IP traffic across the cellular modems and securely encrypts data to a remote concentrator of your choice. Test have proved Netflix, Amazon Prime, SkyGo, BBC, ITV and More4 all working perfectly across the securely bonded link.