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Maritime VSAT record broken again with 1.5 Gbps link

A special event on board the Regal Princess cruise ship, operated by Carnival’s Princess Cruises brand, has set what is thought to be a new maritime satellite bandwidth record with a 1.5 gigabits per second link established on board the vessel in conjunction with satellite operator SES Networks.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The link was used to power the ship’s newly developed guest connectivity service MedallionNet. The 1.5 Gbps connection was achieved off Princess Cays, located on the southern tip of the island of Eleuthera in the outer Bahamas, and was powerful enough to allow 1,500 Netflix subscribers to stream TV shows or movies simultaneously, the company said.

The previous maritime VSAT bandwidth record is believed to be the 580 Mbps connection recorded on the MSC Seaside’s maiden voyage in December 2017.

“With MedallionNet, the best Wi-Fi at sea, the extraordinary experience of a cruise vacation is further enhanced by superior connectivity and coverage – providing our guests who want to stay connected with a connectivity experience that equals or exceeds what they experience on land,” said John Padgett, chief experience and innovation officer for Carnival Corporation.

“This event gives us the opportunity to demonstrate that guests can have connected experience that parallels land-based Wi-Fi, making it exceptionally easy for our guests to share photos, videos and messages about their fabulous vacation.”

“Cruise vacations are already the fastest growing segment of the vacation sector, and eliminating any connectivity barriers will make cruise vacations even more desirable.”

The MedallionNet service was introduced by the cruise company in November 2017 in partnership with SES, which provided the 1.5 Gbps connection to Regal Princess using the medium Earth orbit constellation of satellites it acquired following its takeover of O3b in 2016.

“MedallionNet puts to rest the notion that connectivity at sea will never be as fast or reliable as your broadband at home,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES.

“Powered by our O3b fleet of MEO (medium Earth orbit) satellites, and complemented by our GEO (geostationary Earth orbit) constellation, we are not only able to exceed average land-based bandwidth capabilities, but also able to set a new industry apex for guest connectivity experience.”{/mprestriction}

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