Lindblad Expeditions adds new vessels to Speedcast agreement

New York-based Lindblad Expeditions has agreed a new multi-year contract extending its agreement with Speedcast for the delivery of connectivity services to its fleet, expanding the deal to cover five additional ships.

“We value high-quality services that make life at sea better for all of our guests and team members onboard,” said Arthur Theodorou, VP of Information Technology at Lindblad Expeditions.

“Our communications solution enables our guests and crew to remain connected – for both necessity and fun – no matter where we’re located around the world. Speedcast has been our connectivity partner making this possible for our global fleet, and we look forward to the enhanced services that will benefit our valued guests and crew.”

As part of the agreement, the ships will implement Speedcast’s Unified Global Platform (UGP) network system, to deliver five times the bandwidth levels of its previous service and provide access to near-shore wireless services and SD-WAN capabilities, along with upgrading all onboard technology.

“At the core of addressing Lindblad’s needs was to first define the ‘art of the possible’,” said Brent Horwitz, Senior Vice President – Cruise & Ferry at Speedcast.

“We collaborated with their IT and hotel operations teams to explore this concept, customising a technology solution for the fleet that not only met their objectives, but also challenged the status quo for onboard connectivity standards.”

“By embracing a hybrid technology model, Lindblad will maximise what they can achieve onboard and, as a result, further enhance the guest and crew experience.”

Speedcast recently announced the addition of 13 Gbps of capacity to its global network, nearly doubling the capacity it provides worldwide to 30 Gbps of total bandwidth.

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