Working with the commercial and offshore marine industries, delivering heaps of bandwidth is nothing new to ITC Global, according to Kevin Franciotti, vice president of channel partners.
The company’s commitments to combined satellites owned by Panasonic mean it can offer connectivity decked out with innovative solutions on board ships, Franciotti explained.
The amount of data that ships navigate continues to grow at an exponential rate.
“What we expected in the current round of published tenders is that you are going to see a base demand of 400 to 500 megabits per ship,” he said. “And for the next round, the bandwidth minimums can be a gigabit.”
Contract terms are also getting shorter, with three years being the norm, much shorter than previous five and ten year agreements.
Offering a single model, ITC can provide a base amount of bandwidth plus a consumption model, allowing cruise lines to allow additional usage in a cost-effective manner, Franciotti said.
“You don’t have to commit to big buckets of bandwidth, but because of our network there is bandwidth available. From a cruise line’s perspective, they don’t have to commit to a big bucket of bandwidth to accommodate operational variances. “
Backed by a large number of satellites, the company has the power to deliver some 600-700 megabits of bandwidth per ship in popular cruise regions.
Polar areas remain a challenge, although ITC has global beams that can accommodate expedition ships.
“There is no right solution for a ton of bandwidth in the polar regions, the technology is not there,” Franciotti noted.
Globally, buying bandwidth is becoming like a commodity.
“People are looking for innovative ideas that can be combined with bandwidth,” Franciotti continued. “We are well positioned with Panasonic – there are a lot of technologies that can come out of the aerospace industry. “
Among other projects: facial recognition and even augmented reality.
Helping to reduce consumption costs, ITC integrates traffic shaping, management and caching. They can also set up separate networks and classes of service, with a project offering different levels of service to guests, ship operations, and crew.