Speedcast Provides Record Amount of Connectivity to Cruise Ships

A total of 5.5 Gbps was delivered in 2016, with strong double digit growth expected in 2017

SYDNEY-Speedcast International Limited (ASX: SDA), the world’s most trusted provider of highly reliable, fully managed, end-to-end remote communication and IT solutions, today announced it supplied an unprecedented amount of data and voice connectivity to cruise customers in 2016.

As the launch of new, larger ships with thousands of guests and crew continues to drive consumption, bandwidth requirements have spiked due to the increasing adoption of newer data intensive applications. Onboard events are streamed back to shore by both guests and crew as uplinked content bandwidth requirements are moving closer to their downlink counterparts. The highest consuming ships are using multiple terabytes of data per month. In addition, with the number of connected devices per person growing, the demand for bandwidth will continue to surge in 2017.

“We realise that reliable high speed connectivity increases passenger satisfaction and the more speed we can provide, the better,” said Cynthia Gillis, VP Cruise, Speedcast. “We were the first communications company to provide 100 Mbps to a single cruise ship and now, thanks to our customers, we are providing a record amount of bandwidth.”

Speedcast and the cruise industry:

Speedcast specialises in the complete supply and integration of communications, entertainment, navigation and IT services for both ocean and river cruise vessels. Buoyed by hundreds of global field technicians, Speedcast supports over half of the world’s oceanic cruise ships with a focus on guest experience and customer satisfaction.