If you're headed for a cruise, you're going to find that the onboard Internet experience has changed a lot. While satellite infrastructure and bandwidth are still expensive, you can now log on to social media, surf the Web and soon, you may be able to watch streaming video - all at speeds and pricing that make communication a pleasure. To find out how Carnival achieved this remarkable technological feat - delivering near land like Internet performance miles from shore, here's an interview with Reza Rasoulian,V.P. of Global Connectivity for Carnival Cruise:

“Five years ago, a typical cruise ship might employ a 5-10Mbps link. Today, we are looking at over 100 Mbps, and I think we could reach a situation where many ships operate at Gigabit speeds in the near future. We believe the data shows that demand for more bandwidth will continue to increase for the foreseeable future.”

“We’ve seen changes in consumption as applications demand more bandwidth and users stay on line longer. But the biggest driver on how passenger usage patterns have changed is Video. The internet of things is also having a big impact. The number of connected devices continues to increase.”

“One of the key requirements that we had was to get an intelligent antenna system that would mitigate blockage, be frequency agnostic, and also would enable us to ingest bandwidth from multiple satellite operators. So the new Tri Band, Intellian antennas give us the capability to connect any satellite, regardless of operator, on any relevant commercial frequency band resulting in huge redundancy and capacity. Speedcast has been a great partner as our managed service provider, enabling us to leverage the best capacity on any satellite operator via our end-to-end connectivity approach. This gives us the ability to maximize the available bandwidth for our global fleet.”

“We also saw a lot of improvement for corporate use. We have safety and security systems that require real time data, regulatory compliance documents that must be sent and shore side users that must connect to the ships to deploy updates or provide support.”

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