U.S. Navy to Deploy 4G LTE Network on Three Ships
May 24, 2012 3:10 PM
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In addition to the WWAN, the sailors will receive Android smartphones to deliver the critical information over the network
The U.S. Navy is stepping into the 21
century with the first-ever 4G LTE wireless network being placed on three ships.
Currently, the Navy uses satellites for connectivity across large oceans. Bandwidth is an expensive and scarce asset, and when sailors use recreational computers, it's usually limited to dial-up type speeds.
However, this is all about to change as the Navy plans to deploy a microwave-based wireless wide area network (WWAN) on three different ships. The 4G LTE network will be placed on the U.S.S.
, which is an amphibious
, an amphibious transport dock; and U.S.S.
, a dock landing ship.
The network will allow sailors to send real-time data like text, photos and videos easily. While the network is faster at 300 megabits of data per second, it can't replace satellites because it only works from distances of up to 20 nautical miles. While this can't keep a fleet connected, it can keep a naval task force connected.
The network is being provided by Indiana-based BATS Wireless along with Oceus and Cambium. The idea behind the network is to allow sailors to board an ersatz vessel
hijacked by pirates
and send real-time data back to the "mothership."
"What we've collectively developed is a ruggedized, ocean-going
similar to what you'd find with telecom providers like Verizon or AT&T," said Phillip Cramer, a vice president at BATS wireless. "The biggest difference being that it can expand, contract, and move seamlessly; delivering critical data and communications to the soldiers who need it most."
In addition to the WWAN, the sailors will receive Android smartphones to deliver the critical information over the network. The Navy went with Google's Android-powered devices because they are cheaper than other options and can be secured to transfer classified information. The U.S. Army uses Android devices as well.
This is the Navy's first dip into the mobile world. There will be a sea trial for the new network at an undisclosed time.
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5/25/2012 4:16:35 AM
Do they get unlimited data? Cause it's gonna be a lot of roaming data usage...
RE: Which plan?
5/26/2012 11:56:23 AM
It sounds like there won't be any. The network will connect the 3 ships and their phones, but there's no satellite backhaul so there won't be any internet access at sea and probably not near land either.
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