Cruise Ship Internet Access Contract for O3b

Press Release
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
'Allure of the Seas': Photo credit Royal Caribbean Cruises

O3b Networks contracted by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, to provide high-speed satellite-delivered broadband service aboard 'Allure of the Seas'.

The new contract will allow more than 8,000 guests, staff and crew members traveling the Caribbean to connect to the internet at fiber-like speeds at sea.

Royal Caribbean was the first to enlist O3b’s new maritime offering O3bMaritime aboard, Allure of the Seas’ sister ship,  Oasis of the Seas when they signed a contract last summer. Now guests and crew aboard Allure of the Seas will be able to enjoy lightning fast download speeds and performance that is anticipated to also be four times more responsive than existing and planned GEO satellite systems.

"Through these agreements, O3b Networks and Royal Caribbean will soon be delivering more bandwidth than is currently available on all cruise ships combined in the Caribbean, making O3b the outright market leader", said Steve Collar, CEO, O3b Networks.

“Cruise ship guests expect the same quality voice and Internet services they experience on land. We are proud to be the first cruise line to offer guests and crew aboard our innovative Oasis class of ships connectivity services that are in a league of their own” said Bill Martin, Chief Information Officer for Royal Caribbean Cruises.

O3b Networks Ltd. is a global satellite service provider building a next-generation satellite network for telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, enterprise and government customers in emerging markets. The O3b system will combine the global reach of satellite with the speed of a fiber‐optic network providing billions of consumers and businesses in nearly 180 countries with low‐cost, high‐speed, low latency Internet and mobile connectivity.  The company is headquartered in St. John, Jersey, Channel Islands.

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