Due to surging demand in the cruise and energy markets, satcoms service provider Speedcast has significantly expanded its unified global platform (UGP).
The company has added 13 Gbps of capacity to its network over the last month.
Following this latest expansion, the platform now includes 30 Gbps of total bandwidth, which the company leverages in the design and deployment of complete managed connectivity solutions for customers across energy, passenger and commercial maritime and enterprise markets.
Speedcast’s network size now significantly surpasses the company’s 2020 pre-pandemic levels. This record-setting growth was driven partly by the cruise industry, which was due to return 51 ships back to service last month alone.
Many cruise line restart plans include vessels returning to 100% capacity, and with the May additions, just under 350 ships and over 550,000 berths are in service globally.
The rapid network expansion has been made possible by the company’s TrueBeam automated network management technology, which operates on the back of Speedcast’s UGP.
TrueBeam enables proactive monitoring, automatically selecting the optimal network path for a remote site without human intervention by employing a quick and consistent process for fast and error-free switching.
Algorithmic technologies are critical to delivering the Speedcast network’s huge multi-path and multi-orbit capacity with high quality of service. The intelligent system understands, predicts, and mitigates network challenges based on changes in operating environment, giving remote sites the ability to switch among satellites and between routes to maintain communications, even while moving in and out of a satellite beam’s coverage area, the company explained.
Speedcast completed patent filings on the smart network management solution earlier this year.
“The fast ramp-up of capacity Speedcast achieved really shows the power of software-defined networks,” said Joe Spytek, Speedcast CEO (pictured). “We’re able to deliver on the concept of ubiquitous connectivity to a remote site for the best user experience.
“We’re incorporating all available technologies and network options – multi-path and multi-orbit – to offer the most cost-effective connectivity solutions with the highest levels of availability and flexibility. Being technology-agnostic, we can also shield the customer from the risks of technology obsolescence and loss of service that come with dependence on a specific network,” he said.
Speedcast completed the extensive upgrade over a five-week period in April and May and expanded its ground network to include the addition of a new teleport to support the added capacity, enabling access to a broader range of satellite infrastructure.
The company’s UGP includes multi-orbit options for high-demand applications. Its SD-WAN service, delivered through a SIGMA cloud-based platform, blends multiple transmission paths into a single, optimised, secure service to substantially improve performance and evolve customer operations to maximise what remote sites can achieve.
SIGMA recently received technical validation by Amazon Web Services (AWS), designating Speedcast as an AWS Software Path partner.
Speedcast also recently announced that it will integrate low earth orbit connectivity into its UGP as an official distribution partner to OneWeb, ensuring that customers benefit from a multi-path, multi-orbit future. Customer demonstrations and trials of the low latency solution are due to begin this month.