JERSEY, Channel Islands & MELBOURNE, Fla.--()--O3b Networks today announced they are collaborating with Harris CapRock Communications, a premier global provider of managed communication solutions for remote and harsh environments, to implement and maintain O3b Maritime, a state-of-the-art broadband solution, for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd’s Oasis of the Seas, the largest and most innovative cruise ship in the World.
“As Royal Caribbean’s communications service provider of choice, Harris CapRock is a natural partner for O3b Networks. Together we will deliver an unparalleled service, combining industry-leading performance with intense customer focus.”
The new service, based on O3b’s unique Medium-Earth-Orbit (MEO) satellite fleet and Harris CapRock’s expertise as a maritime systems integrator, will dramatically improve the Internet experience aboard the cruise ship. The more than 8,000 guests, staff and crew members traveling the Caribbean on the cruise liner can now look forward to vastly enhanced connectivity at sea.
As O3b’s systems integrator for Oasis of the Seas, which sails under the cruise company’s Royal Caribbean International brand, Harris CapRock will deploy the stabilized VSAT antenna systems and provide a fully managed service, enabling the delivery of fiber quality bandwidth to the vessel throughout her voyage.
“This exciting partnership between Harris CapRock and O3b Networks offers a unique combination for maritime innovator Royal Caribbean who is committed to providing the very best cruise experience to its guests,” said Rick Simonian, president of Maritime Solutions for Harris CapRock. “We look forward to working closely with O3b Networks and to bringing a truly ground-breaking service offering to the maritime industry.”
“O3b Networks and Harris CapRock together are redefining connectivity at sea by offering the first fiber-quality, ultra-fast maritime broadband solution in the world,” explained Steve Collar, CEO of O3b Networks. “As Royal Caribbean’s communications service provider of choice, Harris CapRock is a natural partner for O3b Networks. Together we will deliver an unparalleled service, combining industry-leading performance with intense customer focus.”
In service in summer 2013, O3b Maritime will enable maritime service providers to provide fiber-like connectivity to cruise ships and super yachts across the Caribbean and the rest of the world’s oceans.
About Harris CapRock Communications
Harris CapRock Communications is a premier global provider of managed satellite and terrestrial communications solutions, specifically for remote and harsh environments including the energy, government and maritime markets. Harris CapRock owns and operates a robust global infrastructure that includes teleports on six continents, five 24/7 customer support centers, local presence in 23 countries, and over 275 global field service personnel supporting customer locations across North America, Central and South America, Europe, West Africa and Asia Pacific. www.harriscaprock.com
About O3b Networks Ltd.
O3b Networks 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. O3b Networks’ investors are SES, Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina, Satya Capital and Luxempart. O3b Networks is headquartered in St. John, Jersey, Channel Islands.
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