Satnews Daily
September 9th, 2018

New Portfolio of VSAT Plans and an Agreement with pressreader all Part of Speedcast's Latest Moves

Speedcast International has released a new portfolio of VSAT plans that will meet an extensive set of customer requirements.

All of the plans come with Committed Information Rate (CIR), which provides customers with a guaranteed level of performance. The plans are also supported by the world’s largest and most robust Ku-band network with advanced cybersecurity protection, ensuring outstanding bandwidth availability and exceptional user experience in the Maritime and offshore Energy markets.

The four new plans are Quota, Burst, Guaranteed and Professional.

  • Quota is a metered VSAT service sold in Gigabyte (GB) packages, with up to 30 GB plans. Quota can be extended to the entire fleet or offshore Energy assets with Fleet Quotas, which allows up to 100 GB to be shared throughout the month.
  • Burst provides a guaranteed minimum CIR with very high burst rates of Maximum Information Rate (MIR).
  • Guaranteed is a CIR-only service when specific applications and data transfers require a minimum guaranteed bandwidth to ensure the application is running or the data transfer occurs with unlimited usage throughout the month.
  • Professional is tailored to meet the most demanding onboard requirements. Professional customers have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of service levels up to 50 Mbps MIR in a standard configuration, all with a guaranteed CIR.

Executive Comment

Tim Bailey, EVP of Products, Marketing, and Business Development for Speedcast, said the company has simplified the selection process so customers can find the correct VSAT service, according to their individual vessel, fleet or offshore asset needs, while providing growth paths to higher connectivity as demand increases for business and crew. This expansion continues Speedcast’s commitment to providing customers with the best choices in the marketplace.

Additionally, Speedcast has announced an agreement with PressReader to add the service as a new component of the Speedcast Media Network™. PressReader is a cloud-based platform designed for customers to easily bring thousands of top newspaper and magazine selections to their ships and assets for crew and guest enjoyment.

PressReader provides a simple, convenient way for companies to customize and select up-to-date news and magazine content for delivery to onboard and onsite personnel and guests. With more than 7,000 titles from over 120 countries in 60+ languages, PressReader has a selection for everyone. As a cloud-based management system which allows content to be stored on local servers, ship and site administrators can select content to make available, download to the server, and give users access without using any additional bandwidth, making it an easy to use solution that is extremely cost- and bandwidth-efficient. In addition, users have the ability to download the PressReader app and access the content directly from any personal mobile device.

Speedcast Media Network™ is comprised of three components that are designed to easily deliver and transmit content to remote locations onshore and offshore. The three components include: a video transmission system for bandwidth-efficient video transfers from ship to shore and back; Speedcast TV on Demand™ for access to a complete library of music, movies, TV and other content to remote onshore and offshore locations; and PressReader to deliver up-to-date news and magazine selections from around the world.