Op-ed | The maritime connectivity market after COVID-19


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[Excerpt] The cruise sector was severely impacted by the pandemic, causing the number of active VSAT terminals to decline.

Like many other markets, the maritime sector suffered a general slowdown in activity during March 2020 and the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak. Once this first wave had passed, the various segments that make up the maritime market reacted differently to a new environment shaped by travel restrictions and other measures.

On the connectivity side, the market dealt with these changes in a variety of ways depending on the segment.

The restrictive measures taken by many countries certainly limited the possibility to install new satellite communication terminals, and reduced activity also led some end-users to put their connectivity subscription on hold, thereby increasing the number of dormant terminals (i.e., terminals that are installed but not active).