Voyager IP and Digicel launch SIMple solution for broadband at sea
Marine telecom provider Voyager IP and Digicel have partnered to launch FlexiSIM, the first 3G/4G/LTE re-loadable data SIM card for yachts and leisure craft. The cards will initially launch in the Caribbean. Recharged through a portal on the Voyager IP website, they will be sold at competitive rates of US$10 per gigabyte.
Voyager IP research estimates monthly 3G/4G connectivity usage costs between US$500 and US$1,300 on superyachts and other leisure craft. Many users have six or twelve month contracts that require upfront payment, regardless of data consumed. Until this partnership, the only alternative was to buy packs of PAYG data SIM cards when vessels arrived in major ports. Due to excessive consumption of data, this alternative was expensive and inefficient.
Mark Elliott, Managing Director of Voyager IP said, “Until now, connectivity solutions for the superyacht and leisure craft market were outdated, expensive and inconvenient. FlexiSIM cards add convenience, putting our customers in full control to manage their costs. Given the changes in EU legislation, it is advisable to evolve from long-term contracts for connectivity.”
Declan Cassidy, Chief Executive Officer, Digicel Diaspora Miami added, “We are happy to partner with Voyager IP, as it gives us the opportunity to address an important need. This is a top-quality, yet cost-effective connectivity solution for our growing base of marine-based clients in the Caribbean.”
About Voyager IP
Voyager IP was founded in 2014 by a team of IT and marine telecoms specialists. It specializes in maritime VSAT, Inmarsat, VOIP, 3G/4G internet solutions, on-board entertainment and global telecommunication systems for superyachts, cruise ships, commercial vessels and offshore platforms. IP and the National Space Centre in Cork jointly manage the global satellite communications contract for the Irish Naval Service, the first all-Irish providers to do so.
About Digicel Group
Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 33 markets across the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. After more than 15 years of operation, total investment to date stands at over US$5 billion worldwide. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network. Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programs.