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Marlink sets VSAT record with 300 Mbps MSC Cruises link

MSC Meraviglia's maiden voyage provided guests with 300 Mbps of bandwidth MSC Meraviglia's maiden voyage provided guests with 300 Mbps of bandwidth

Marlink reports that it has achieved what is thought to be a maritime VSAT bandwidth record with the provision of a temporary 300 Mbps bandwidth channel for the maiden voyage of MSC Cruises’ first next-generation mega-ship, MSC Meraviglia.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}This expanded bandwidth allocation to the ship over the Sealink VSAT system was arranged to meet a predicted spike in demand for the vessel’s launch, as the approximately 4,500 guests look to share their experiences on social media during the MSC Meraviglia’s maiden voyage along the Atlantic coast and into the Mediterranean.

Connectivity will be delivered using the Intelsat EpicNG High Throughput Satellite (HTS) network and enabled on board by the latest generation of iDirect 9350 modems.

MSC Meraviglia is the latest MSC Cruises ships to be connected using Marlink VSAT, with the company already providing connectivity for the entire fleet via a dedicated ‘cloud of bandwidth’, which provides flexibility by sharing bandwidth among ships as they experience different periods of peak demand.

“Essentially ‘floating towns’, cruise ships are both technologically demanding and bandwidth hungry, so we have taken a pioneering and collaborative approach to meeting the very specific bandwidth needs of this sector,” said Tore Morten Olsen, president maritime, Marlink.

“MSC Meraviglia’s maiden voyage is an ideal platform to demonstrate the possibilities of the Sealink network and new HTS services like Intelsat EpicNG, while the regular on-going Sealink service will support guest satisfaction with connectivity across the fleet.”{/mprestriction}

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