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Speedcast adds maritime GSM data and TV services

Speedcast has introduced a new global near-shore, data-only 4G/LTE GSM connectivity system called GO4SPEED, aimed at the maritime and energy markets, as well as a new at-sea television service called Speedcast TV On Demand.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}GO4SPEED will provide flexible usage packages, with built-in cost control and overage protection, the company says, and can be configured to compliment other communication services such as VSAT and MSS.

“GO4SPEED enables cost-effective mobile data for the maritime industry, enhancing our global VSAT and MSS services,” said Dan Rooney, product director for commercial maritime, Speedcast.

“The maritime and energy sectors demand affordable, yet manageable, high-speed near-shore communications, and GO4SPEED delivers this. GO4SPEED provides high-speed access to internet and corporate VPN connections, creating a hybrid network with Speedcast’s VSAT and MSS services.”

GO4SPEED will offer download speeds up to 100Mbps, dependent upon access to a 4G/LTE carrier, and can receive a signal up to 15km offshore depending upon the vessel’s position, antenna and the cellular tower location. If a 4G/LTE signal is not available, the system automatically switches to 3G/HSPDA.

Payment plans will be offered with a range of bundles up to 2TB per month, and can be pooled amongst a fleet. The service is supplied as a turnkey system, including antennas.

The company’s other new service, Speedcast TV On Demand, is comprised of a set-top box installed on board that offers instant access to a library of movies, TV shows, sports, news, games, music and other informational content.

The library can be updated using a Cloud-based login at any time, with the system also providing access to administrators to upload video content used for passenger and crew information, training, and safety.

“We are thrilled to bring the Speedcast TV On Demand solution to our customers,” said Steve Scraper, Speedcast’s product director for cruise and ferry.

“This product is innovative and incredibly simple to use for both administrators and end users, and it allows our customers to supply a wide variety of entertainment content that onboard users would typically access at home.”

“It is our goal to provide options for enriching the connectivity experience for everyone, and this product definitely achieves that, while also allowing companies to provide critical training and safety information to passengers and crew.”

Speedcast TV On Demand is the first component of the company’s new Speedcast Media Network,  which is set to add additional applications in the coming months.{/mprestriction}

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