Speedcast to expand connectivity service for Lindblad Expeditions

A new multi-year contract will see fleet upgraded with a new network solution

Speedcast to expand connectivity service for Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions’ fleet will be upgraded to Speedcast’s Unified Global Platform

By Alex Smith |

Communications and IT services provider Speedcast is to expand its connectivity service for Lindblad Expeditions after the company was awarded a multi-year contract.

The agreement will see ships in the expedition cruise line’s fleet upgraded with Speedcast’s Unified Global Platform (UGP) network solution and five extra vessels receiving connectivity. The upgrade will deliver five times the current bandwidth onboard the ships, while Speedcast’s software-defined wide are network, or SD-WAN, will enable delivery of significant higher capacity across the global itineraries offered by Lindblad.

“We value high-quality services that make life at sea better for all of our guests and team members onboard,” said Arthur Theodorou, vice president 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 added 13 gigabytes per second (Gbps) of capacity to its global network in May, nearly doubling the capacity it provides worldwide to 30 Gbps of total bandwidth.

“Lindblad is truly leading the expedition cruise industry forward, adopting the latest technologies to better serve their teams and guests, and they made investments early on to achieve these goals,” Horwitz added. “As Speedcast operates with this same vision and approach in serving our customers, this alignment creates a natural fit. We’re proud to support a progressive company seeking to provide the highest quality experience aboard their expeditions.”

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