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Speedcast extends satcoms deal with Carnival

Speedcast reports that it has signed a new contract to expand its existing relationship with Carnival Corporation for the provision of communications and value-added services across Carnival’s global fleet of cruise ships.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The three-year contract is expected to generate between eight and nine per cent of Speedcast’s full year 2019 revenue, the company says.

Speedcast has been delivering communications services to more than 100 cruise ships across the various Carnival brands since 2013. This new contract will see Carnival increase its investment in the amount of bandwidth delivered to the fleet, to provide its guests with an improved internet experience.

Services will be delivered leveraging Speedcast’s network of capacity on 40 satellites across C-band, Ku-band and Ka-band, including High Throughput Satellites (HTS), and 20 ground-based teleports.

Connectivity on board will be centrally managed by an intelligent automation system called Speedcast TrueBeam, launched operationally for the first time following a four-year development programme. The system incorporates intelligence to predict and mitigate known satellite communication challenges, such as rain fade, line of sight blockages and network congestion.

TrueBeam analyses network availability, capacity, bands, and other data points across the network to make intelligent decisions that will optimise onboard connectivity, without manual interaction. It is the first system of its kind that is able to centralise the planning and switching of a remote network of this size and scale, Speedcast says.

Speedcast’s global terrestrial backhaul network will be deployed to carry data traffic to the internet and back to Carnival’s operations data centres, and network optimisation technologies from Xiplink will also be utilised to further improve the online experience on the ships.

“Speedcast is thrilled and proud to continue this partnership with Carnival as its trusted provider for communications,” said PJ Beylier, Speedcast CEO.

“I would like to thank the entire Carnival team for their trust and look forward to continuously raising the bar together with Carnival to deliver an industry-leading communications guest experience in the cruise industry, just as we did (in 2018), delivering world record-setting bandwidth to the Carnival Horizon.”

“The continuation of our partnership with Carnival, following a very competitive process, is a testament to Speedcast’s unique capabilities, demonstrates our ability to innovate and adapt to fast-evolving customer needs and is confirmation of our leadership position in the cruise sector.”{/mprestriction}

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