Speedcast International was selected by UK-based Fred Olsen Cruise Lines to provide end-to-end communication services for voice and data on board its four cruise ships.Speedcast will enable VSAT and land-based 4G/LTE connectivity to deliver communications for Fred Olsen guests and crew on board the ‘Balmoral’, ‘Braemar’, ‘Boudicca’ and ‘Black Watch’ – wherever they are in the world.
The integration of both satellite and land-based infrastructure allows Fred Olsen to optimise the use of its ships’ networks, the company claimed.The Speedcast multi-band managed communications platform will be installed on each of Fred Olsen’s ships, monitoring for and adopting the ‘best fit’ satellite, wireless or terrestrial network. The company’s intelligent communications director technology will provide automatic switching between the different networks and technologies to ensure robust connectivity at all times.Using Speedcast’s global satellite capacity infrastructure, the network will also provide connectivity between Fred Olsen’s offices and its fleet.”We are keen to benefit from Speedcast’s expertise in providing industry-leading connectivity services to enhance our on board guest experience, providing high-bandwidth availability for each of our four cruise ships,” said Damon Impett, Fred Olsen UK Group head of IT.”Having access to a truly global communications network, capable of ensuring that our fleet will be always connected wherever we sail, was the most compelling factor when making this important decision, and Speedcast certainly delivers that.
This also allows us to operate more efficiently between ships and onshore offices, with seamless connectivity from anywhere,” he added.”We are excited to add Fred Olsen as a new global cruise customer,” said PJ Beylier, Speedcast CEO. “Our core competencies of supplying reliable communication and IT solutions to highly-mobile ships sailing in remote areas fits Fred Olsen’s connectivity needs and company infrastructure very well. We are proud to have the opportunity to assist them with their goal of providing a top-notch guest and crew experience on board their cruise ships, through a combination of innovative technology and a high level of customer service.”The Speedcast solution will include 24/7 support from its customer service centres, located on five continents, as well as monitoring tools to manage Fred Olsen’s network proactively, ensuring the highest availability and most efficient use of satellite and 4G/LTE connectivity, the company said.