Ships at Sea Get 4G LTE
The USS Kearsarge in 2005. The Kearsarge and another ship, the USS San Antonio, will be equipped with a 4G LTE network this year.
CREDIT: DoD photo by Airman Finley Williams, U.S. Navy
The U.S. Navy is bringing 4G to the high seas. In March, the USS Kearsarge and the USS San Antonio will carry 4G LTE connections, so sailors can call, text and send files between decks and ships and even to helicopters above and submarines below, Wired's Danger Room reported.
One major use of the network will be to monitor pirates in the Persian Gulf. The Navy wants helicopters to film pirate attacks and stream the video in near-real time to Navy ships and to patrol boats coming to the rescue, Naval Air Systems Command spokesman Doug Abbotts told Danger Room.
Even regular folks on land may get a look. "Prepare for the inevitable YouTube uploads, even if pirate attacks in waters around Yemen and Somalia are on the decline," Danger Room wrote.
The Navy will use a wireless wide-area network, the blog reported. The network will supplement satellite communications already available onboard Navy ships.
Source: Wired Danger Room