What is L Band

The L-band frequency spectrum, which operates between 1 to 2 gigahertz (GHz), is highly valued by the maritime community because it can effectively transmit signals even in challenging weather conditions like rain, fog, and storms.

In the constantly changing realm of communication, Yesway Communications L-Band services demonstrate our unwavering dedication to providing seamless connectivity, no matter the geographical challenges


Maritime broadband, providing internet connectivity at sea, offers significant advantages. It helps streamline operations, reducing costs for operators or creating opportunities for new businesses. Thanks to reliable satellite networks, having internet access at sea is not only feasible but also highly practical.

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The L-band spectrum falls under the category of ‘Mobile Satellite Services’ (MSS).

These services allow users to pay for satellite bandwidth as needed and have been the go-to choice for voice and data connectivity in the maritime industry for quite some time.

While band services have some limitations, such as higher operational costs compared to VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal), they also come with lower equipment costs.

However, it’s worth noting that L-band services can be less predictable in terms of costs, occasionally resulting in unexpected bills, especially when users don’t monitor their usage properly.

Nonetheless, the band remains highly regarded in the maritime community because it can maintain communication even in adverse weather conditions.

Furthermore, L-band networks offered by companies like Inmarsat and Iridium are global, enabling ships to use a single service. The trade-off here is that L-band may offer lower connectivity speeds and higher operational costs.

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A reliable and seamless communication link at sea is now essential for attracting and retaining crew members and ensuring their mental and physical well-being.

It allows crew members to stay connected with their loved ones and access social media, contributing to their contentment. Additionally, telemedicine services play a crucial role in providing healthcare support.

One advantage of the band is that its terminals are much smaller than VSAT antennas, making them suitable for various vessel types, from yachts to supertankers.

Moreover, hardware is well-suited for maritime use because it requires less precise antenna pointing, making it easier to maintain a stable connection.

While the band has limitations that restrict heavy reliance on digital applications for smart shipping, it will continue to have a significant role in the future.

L-band terminals often complement VSAT installations, stepping in when primary Ka-band, Ku-band, or C-band systems are unavailable due to weather conditions or a lack of service in specific regions.

For instance, Inmarsat FleetBroadband, operating in the L-band, is an essential part of Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service, which also utilizes Ka-band satellites.

Furthermore, the new Iridium Certus L-band service is expected to become a popular secondary channel on VSAT networks due to its global coverage, ensuring connectivity for ships anywhere in the world, even at the poles.

In the constantly changing realm of communication, Yesway Communications L-Band services demonstrate our unwavering dedication to providing seamless connectivity, no matter the geographical challenges

    Introducing Iridium Certus® – it’s your ticket to a rock-solid global connection with lightning-fast L-band speeds, no matter where you are or what the weather’s like.

    You get to choose from different speed options, ranging from a speedy 22Kbps to a blazing 704 Kbps.

    These speeds are perfect for making crystal-clear voice calls, streaming videos, accessing the internet without a hitch, and swiftly sharing files, photos, or videos.

    And the magic happens when you pair Iridium Certus® withYesway Communications’ top-notch extra value-added services.

    Together, they create the ultimate solution for all your communication needs, whether it’s for essential, primary, or backup use. Plus, our VSAT companion comes with cutting-edge broadband IP data management and asset tracking, ready to serve you wherever you go.

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    Inmarsat Fleet Broadband

    Enter Inmarsat FleetBroadband, the service trusted by over 45,000 vessels worldwide.

    It’s your ticket to seamless access to both voice and data, boasting an impressive 99.9% network availability.

    Thanks to Yesway Communications and our technology partners, you can count on FleetBroadband to keep vessels of all sizes connected. We offer a variety of hardware choices and packages to meet every vessel’s needs, whether it’s for vital communications, crew connectivity, weather updates, or vessel management.