Carnival Corporation to launch MedallionNet wi-fi service

Carnival Corporation to launch MedallionNet wi-fi service
Carnival Corporation is to launch MedallionNet (Image: iStock)

Carnival Corporation is to launch MedallionNet, a connectivity service enabled by SES Networks, to provide guests and crew with high-speed, reliable wi-fi access onboard its cruise ships.

MedallionNet will leverage SES Networks’ geostationary earth orbit (GEO) and medium-earth orbit (MEO) constellations, managed services, antenna and shipboard technology to provide high-performance and reliable broadband connectivity anywhere at sea. This service is enabled by hardware and software shipboard technology advances associated with Carnival Corporation’s proprietary O·C·E·A·N Experience Platform.

“SES Networks is privileged to be associated with Carnival Corporation’s Global Experience and Innovation team and to be powering MedallionNet,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES Networks. “We share Carnival Corporation’s passionate focus on connecting people, places and cultures around the world with amazing experiences. As the only company to offer a GEO and MEO constellation, unmatched in scale, performance and technological diversity, SES Networks is uniquely positioned to enable the highest performing Wi-Fi connectivity at sea as well as immersive media and gaming content.”

MedallionNet was developed by Carnival Corporation’s Global Experience and Innovation Center in Miami.

“Staying connected is inextricably linked to our daily life experiences and that now extends to the vacation experience, even when sailing in the middle of the sea,” said John Padgett, chief experience and innovation officer for Carnival Corporation. “MedallionNet will set the new standard for wi-fi service at sea and we look forward to rolling it out to our guests. For guests who want to disconnect, they are free to do so. But for those who want to stay connected, MedallionNet will make it easy for them – and that includes being able to easily send photos, videos and messages letting everyone know they are having a fabulous vacation.”

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Friday, September 29, 2017