Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world´s largest leisure travel company, has announced MedallionNetâ¢, a game-changing connectivity service enabled by SES Networks that will deliver the best Wi-Fi experience in the cruise industry, the company said.
MedallionNet will provide guests with easy-to-access Wi-Fi that features exceptional speeds and bandwidth, pervasive stateroom signal strength and unprecedented service consistency.
The connectivity service — to be delivered in connection with SES Networks, a business unit of SES (PAR/LuxSE: SESG) — will collectively leverage the global satellite operator´s geostationary earth orbit (GEO) and medium-earth orbit (MEO) constellations, managed services, antenna and shipboard technology to significantly enhance the guest experience by providing high-performance and reliable broadband connectivity at sea. This innovative service is enabled by hardware and software shipboard technology advances associated with Carnival Corporation´s proprietary OÂ·CÂ·EÂ·AÂ·N Experience Platform.
Carnival has operations in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, its portfolio features Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK), as well as Fathom. Its brands operate 103 ships with 231,000 lower berths visiting over 700 ports around the world, with 18 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2018 and 2022.
SES is a satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in two key business units: SES Video and SES Networks.