Telecommunications company, Optus Satellite, and communications and navigation company, Electrotech Australia, have inked an agreement with ferry service, Spirit of Tasmania, to provide its passengers with data streaming services.
As per the arrangement, passengers on the Spirit of Tasmania will be able to stay connected while on-the-move following the introduction of satellite data streaming services - through this wholesale partnership.
The solution includes SeaTel 6012—33 systems supplied, installed and commissioned by Electrotech Australia to deliver the high bandwidth Internet.
The Spirit of Tasmania connects mainland Australia with Tasmania.
Optus Satellite said the deal provides a two pronged on-the-move consumer and enterprise solution as consumer data services will be delivered alongside telemetry services – which provide communications visibility between the ferry and staff.
Optus Satellite vice-president, Paul Sheridan, said the introduction of consumer data services is great news for travellers on the Spirit of Tasmania, and vessel owner, TT Line.
“The two pronged technology deal will see service delivery for enterprise use – in order to keep the ferry and staff in communication, as well as additional capacity provided to allow passengers to connect to the Internet.
“This has been an exciting opportunity for Optus Satellite because we have been asked to develop a consumer digital connectivity solution on board the Spirit of Tasmania fleet travelling between Tasmania and Melbourne,” he said.
Sheridan added that enhancing customer experience, particularly for the end customer – the consumer, has been a great challenge.
“In a digitally connected world people want access to news and information, or social media whenever and wherever they choose,” Sheridan said.
Electrotech managing Director, Stephen Renkert, said ensuring a purpose built design for this enterprise solution, rather than a re-purposed consumer Internet solution was a critical success factor.
“The addition of wideband Internet via satellite to these newly refurbished vessels is an exciting development and opens up a wide range of possible commercial services TT Line are now able to offer their customers,” Renkert said.