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Carnival implements tri-band antenna system from Intellian Featured

Cruise company Carnival has completed the installation of Intellian’s v240MT tri-band and multi-orbit 2.4 metre antennas onboard several of its cruise vessels, the companies report, with the equipment having been specifically designed to deliver data rates exceeding 1 Gbps.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The 2.4m class multi-band, multi-orbit MEO (Medium Earth Orbit) and GEO (Geostationary Earth Orbit) antennas are frequency-agnostic and orbit-agnostic, able to connect to almost any satellite communications network when installed in conjunction with Intellian’s Intelligent Mediator Solution.

The tri-band system allows for switching between C-, Ku-, and Ka-band satellite frequency bands without any user intervention, allowing the operator to select the best option for their particular geographic location or to achieve the highest possible throughput.

The new antennas can track GEO satellites as well as moving MEO satellites, managed by the Intelligent Mediator Solution, which also allows for automatic switching between networks and satellites and provides support for Dual Data Centres.

All of the hardware is connected on board using fibre optic connections to minimise signal loss, which Intellian says should also simplify retrofit operations in comparison with using heavier coax cables.

“Even when enjoying a cruise vacation experience, we can - and should - expect to experience the same levels of connectivity we enjoy on land. Carnival has set the industry standard for what can be achieved today in delivering the ultimate guest connectivity experience, and we are pleased to have Intellian’s technical and engineering prowess with strong focus on innovation in allowing us to realise this feat,” said Reza Rasoulian, vice president of global connectivity at Carnival.

“Intellian was able to create the fastest and most flexible system that will provide a unique travel experience and deliver memorable vacations for our guests, enable our team members to communicate with friends and family back home, and power our onboard systems.”

“We have collaborated closely with Intellian over the past three years to ensure that the solution will provide us with the ability and flexibility to attain bandwidth in a more efficient and ubiquitous manner, which is a critical component in our end to end connectivity strategy. This system is the new class leading standard, supporting the onboard networks that provide unprecedented levels of connectivity to our guests across Carnival brands.”{/mprestriction}

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