Speedcast reveals shiny new upgraded global network

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Speedcast announced that it has finalized upgrades to its global network in coverage and ground infrastructure via investments in Ku-band and merging of network assets from previous acquisitions.

Speedcast says its new Ku-band network provides vessels and offshore assets access to the largest global system of satellites available, combining wide beam satellites for coverage and narrower higher throughput beams for better efficiency and bigger bandwidth.

Speedcast said the size of the new network – with over 25 satellites and many more beams – enables customers with increased bandwidth needs to significantly upgrade their dedicated or shared bandwidth on a short-term basis. This flexibility allows customers to meet their dynamic business needs and the redundancy of beams guarantees the user experience is consistent globally.

Speedcast said it has also upgraded its cyber security and firewall infrastructure with next-generation software to enable full management of content and application filtering requirements. Customers are able to block access to specified websites while onboard and prevent unauthorized access to business networks across entire fleets.

Speedcast has also implemented its own fully managed MPLS Network to deliver all traffic, independent of third parties, and allowing for full control over key performance indicators such as latency and jitter. This ensures the highest rate of delivery and the greatest assurance of quality and SLAs, the company says.

Speedcast provides additional flexibility with routing protocols and lesser restrictions on IP configuration to create a connection between vessels, offshore assets and company headquarters that acts just like an extension of the company’s network.

Speedcast has also deployed a carrier-grade platform on its core voice network, providing local phone numbers from over 60 countries, toll-free access, voice mail, call forwarding and other features, all while reducing latency and avoiding down time during security and maintenance checks.

“We have worked diligently to merge the infrastructures from our previously acquired companies and make the necessary improvements to supply our customers with one truly global network providing seamless, secure connectivity for any requirement,” said Speedcast CEO PJ Beylier.

Speedcast’s recent acquisitions include Harris CapRock for $425 million in cash, and UltiSat for a purchase consideration of up to $100 million, the latter of which enabled bostered the company’s government and NGO business.

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