Communication solutions provider Marlink has selected Intelsat’s EpicNG broadband connectivity for use on Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) entire fleet of cruise ships.
By using Intelsat’s global satellite network, Marlink will provide broadband connectivity to all the 12 ships owned by MSC.
Under the collaboration, MSC Cruises has already employed the EpicNG high throughput connectivity aboard its MSC Divina cruise ship.
As part of the current long-term partnership agreement with Intelsat signed in 2014, Marlink will initially use wide beam C and Ku-band satellite solutions from nine Intelsat satellites.
Marlink will also use Ku-band high throughput spot beams from the Intelsat 29e satellite, which is the first of the Intelsat EpicNG fleet, and Intelsat 33e once it enters service in the second half of the year.
Marlink maritime president Tore Morten Olsen said: "When serving a ‘floating town’ such as a cruise ship with connectivity requirements for its various itineraries globally, delivering consistent quality and reliability is essential to the passenger experience and the brand integrity of the customer that we are serving.
"With Intelsat, we are providing a scalable and robust solution to MSC Cruises, delivering on high-volume broadband demands across many ships operating in high-traffic regions.
"The high performing, resilient and secure network will enable our customer to further streamline vessel operations, deliver superior services to its crew and most importantly, keep thousands of passengers on each of their ships connected at all times."
The deal with Intelsat also allows Marlink to use the IntelsatOne terrestrial network, including teleports located in Georgia and California in the US, as well as Germany and South Korea.
Meanwhile, Marlink has announced that Germany’s John T Essberger (JTE) Group will employ its global maritime broadband very-small aperture terminal (VSAT) service Sealink for the shipping company’s entire fleet.
Installation of the service on JTE Group’s 22 chemical tankers and nine dry cargo vessels is expected to be completed by the end of the year.