Thursday, June 21, 2012

O3b to Provide Satellite Broadband to World's Largest Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has selected O3b Networks to provide high-speed satellite-delivered broadband service aboard the world’s largest cruise ship -- the Oasis of the Seas, which will carry more than 8,000 guests, staff and crew members when it launches in 2013.

O3b provides a fully managed end-to-end service including the equipment at the O3b Gateway, and
aboard the ship, site survey, installation and commissioning. O3b’s steerable satellite beams will provide cruise industry passengers ultra-fast Internet communications throughout their voyage.

According to the O3b website, the O3b Maritime will support speeds of up to 350 Mbps to the ship and 150 Mbps to the shore.

“From the moment we met the Royal Caribbean team we were struck by an intense customer focus and a determination to provide an unrivalled cruise experience to their guests on board,�? said Steve Collar, Chief Executive Officer, O3b Networks. “With O3b Maritime, Oasis of the Seas will experience connection speeds that are an order of magnitude higher and latency that is four times lower than offered in the market today. At O3b, we believe that affordable, high speed broadband should always be within reach – wherever you are in the world, on land and at sea - and we are delighted to showcase the unrivalled performance of O3b Maritime together with Royal Caribbean.�?

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