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Harris and O3b team on 2 cruise ships

Harris CapRock announced that it has teamed up with O3b Networks to provide broadband services to two more Royal Caribbean cruise ships.

In May 2012, Harris CapRock was awarded a five-year contract to provide communications services on board Royal Caribbean’s fleet of 35 ships. The company reports that to date, it has de-installed and installed more than 120 large antenna systems on board the fleet.

Now Harris CapRock says that it has partnered with O3b Networks to provide broadband services to Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas.

The collaborative solution will leverage O3b’s low-latency Medium Earth Orbit (MEP) satellite fleet while Harris CapRock will install antenna systems and provide managed service, according to a press release.

“As the systems integrator and managed service provider for these sister ships, Harris CapRock is focused on ensuring a smooth installation and commissioning of what will be an unrivalled Broadband service at sea,” said Rick Simonian, president, Maritime Solutions, Harris CapRock.

“O3b looks forward to working with Harris CapRock to provide Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas’ guests and crew the same high-speed Broadband connectivity they are familiar with on land,” commented Steve Collar, CEO of O3b Networks. “Our innovation, combined with Harris CapRock’s capability as a world-class satellite systems integrator, has created a world-class partnership, for which we are extremely proud.”

Harris CapRock, whose maritime headquarters are in Florida, owns and operates a global infrastructure that includes teleports on six continents.

Based in Jersey, O3b is building a satellite network with an initial launch of eight satellites in 2013 and an additional four in 2014. It decided to position its fleet about 8,000km from the Earth, much closer than the geostationary orbit (about 36,000km).

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