Speedcast adds 13 Gbps in VSAT capacity

Speedcast reports that it has expanded its Unified Global Platform (UGP) for VSAT services with the addition of 13 Gbps of new capacity on its network.

Following this latest expansion, the platform now includes 30 Gbps of total bandwidth, for customers across energy, maritime, and enterprise markets.

The ramp-up in capacity is partly aimed at supporting a post-Covid rebound in the cruise market, with some 51 ships added back into service during the month of May alone, as well as heavy demand in energy markets.

The new capacity will be integrated into the existing network using Speedcast’s TrueBeam automated network management technology, which automatically selects the optimal network path for a remote site without human intervention.

Algorithmic technologies predict and mitigate network challenges based on changes in operating environment, giving users the ability to switch among satellites and between routes to maintain communications, even while moving in and out of a satellite beam’s coverage area.

“The fast ramp-up of capacity Speedcast achieved really shows the power of software-defined networks,” said Joe Spytek, Chief Executive Officer at Speedcast.

“We’re able to deliver on the concept of ubiquitous connectivity to a remote site for the best user experience. We’re incorporating all available technologies and network options – multi-path and multi-orbit – to offer the most cost-effective connectivity solutions with the highest levels of availability and flexibility.

“Being technology-agnostic, we can also shield the customer from the risks of technology obsolescence and loss of service that come with dependence on a specific network.”

Speedcast also recently announced that it will integrate low Earth orbit connectivity into its UGP as an official OneWeb Distribution Partner, with customer demonstrations and trials due to begin next month.

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