Three organisations on the East Coast of Kent are sharing an Icom LTE system to enhance their communication. James Salmon, Managing Director of both Dover Marine Services and Dover Sea Safari, also a director of the charity Wet Wheels South East uses the LTE radios to ensure safety and provide communication alongside conventional marine VHF.
James says: “We operate charter vessels in the English Channel under the White Cliffs of Dover and Folkestone. We were looking for a system that could provide us with the necessary coverage to help our business and in turn give our customers a better experience.”
He went on to say: “We trailed the Icom LTE/PoC radios over a busy weekend and they worked exceedingly well in all areas, the audio quality is stunning and off the coast here the cellular service remains good so its great to have peace in mind knowing that we can be contacted, not just by VHF but also privately by LTE and have a telephone style conversation.”
Further James says: “After the trials, we were so impressed we bought some and now have an LTE radio in our office ashore plus others on each of our vessels. We are also looking at increasing the number of LTE radios in our network utilising the group function so that we can listen/monitor group calling between our inshore lake facility which is around 60 miles further inland.”
For more details about Dover Marine Service, Dover Sea Safari and Wet Wheels (a charity that builds disabled people’s confidence by taking them out to see in modified, accessible powerboats), visit their websites below: