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Color Line confirms Speedcast for communications contract

The Color Carrier will benefit from enhanced communications and connectivity thanks to the contract with Speedcast. Image courtesy of Color Line The Color Carrier will benefit from enhanced communications and connectivity thanks to the contract with Speedcast. Image courtesy of Color Line

Color Line has signed a multi-year, fully managed communications contract with Speedcast for its Color Carrier vessel.   

{mprestriction ids="1,2"} Color Carrier, which is the latest addition to the Cargo service fleet operating between Oslo, Norway and Kiel, Germany, will benefit from 4G/LTE services in conjunction with VSAT and Iridium Certus links for enhanced reliability through multi-access technology coverage.

Dual tracking LTE and multiple omni-directional antennas will be used to increase range. All links will be managed by Speedcast’s network operations team to ensure seamless connectivity.

Anders Angell-Olsen, chief technology officer at Color Line, commented: “The Speedcast solution enables us to use the best available link at any given location in our sailing route to cover our operational needs.

“This is an important feature of our onboard communications system, since we depend on connectivity for ship tracking, safety and security and guest experience on all of our routes. The introduction of 4G/LTE as the main link is efficient and reliable, which is a good match for requirements onboard Color Carrier.”

Brent Horwitz, Speedcast’s SVP of Cruise and Ferry, said: “With the combination of tracking LTE antennas and omni-directional LTE antennas supported by an SD WAN solution, we are able to demonstrate nearly 100 per cent coverage from LTE/4G connectivity on the sailing route for the Color Carrier.

“Combined with reliable backup from VSAT and Iridium Certus L-band, Speedcast is able to provide robust and seamless connectivity covering the needs of Color Line’s corporate operations, as well as onboard crew and passengers at sea. The solution implements the latest technology innovations to achieve fast, low-latency communications.”{/mprestriction}

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