|[January 14, 2013]
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and O3b Networks Expand Business Partnership to Provide Guests onboard Allure of the Seas Cruise Ship with Ultra-Fast and Affordable Internet Access
ST. JOHN, Jersey, Channel Islands & MIAMI --(Business Wire)--
O3b Networks has signed a second historic, multi-year deal with Royal
Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to provide high-speed satellite-delivered
broadband service aboard one of the world's largest and most
revolutionary cruise ships, Allure of the Seas. More than 8,000
guests, staff and crew members traveling the Caribbean will connect at
fiber-like speeds at sea.
Royal Caribbean was the first to enlist O3b's new maritime offering O3bMaritime
aboard, Allure of the Seas' sister ship, Oasis of the Seas when
they signed a contract last summer. Now guests and crew aboard Allure
of the Seas will be able to enjoy lightning fast download speeds and
performance that is anticipated to also be four times more responsive
than existing and planned GEO satellite systems. O3bMaritime will
be the only satellite system capable of enabling cruise line guests and
crew broadband services on par with onshore telecommunication standards.
"Cruise ship guests expect the same quality voice and Internet services
they experience on land. We are proud to be the first cruise line to
offer guests and crew aboard our innovative Oasis class of ships
connectivity services that are in a league of their own" said Bill
Martin, Chief Information Officer for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd..
"This latest agreement underlines our confidence in O3b Networks and the
game-changing level of connectivity it is set to provide aboard our
"Through these agreements, O3b Networks and Royal Caribbean will soon be
delivering more bandwidth than is currently available on all cruise
ships combined in the Caribbean, making O3b the outright market leader",
said Steve Collar, CEO, O3b Networks. "The partnership between
O3b Networks and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. continues to expand, and
the real winners are the guests and crew aboard the most innovative
ships at sea. The alliance is based on a shard mission built on the
belief that the Internet should always be within reach - on land and at
About O3b Networks Ltd.
O3b Networks Ltd. is a global satellite service provider building a
next-generation satellite network for telecommunications operators,
Internet service providers, enterprise and government customers in
emerging markets. The O3b system will combine the global reach of
satellite with the speed of a fiber-optic network providing billions of
consumers and businesses in nearly 180 countries with low-cost,
high-speed, low latency Internet and mobile connectivity. O3b Networks'
investors are SES, Google, Liberty Global (News - Alert), HSBC Principal Investments,
Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of
Southern Africa, Sofina, Satya Capital and Luxempart. O3b Networks is
headquartered in St. John, Jersey, Channel Islands.
About Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSE: RCL) is a global cruise vacation
company that owns Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises,
Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises and CDF Croisières de France, as well
as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture. Together, these six
brands operate a combined total of 41 ships with four under
construction. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that
call on approximately 460 destinations on all seven continents.
Additional information can be found on www.royalcaribbean.com,
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