Speedcast wins communication contract with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier

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Remote communication and IT solutions provider Speedcast International Ltd won a new multi-year, fully-managed communications contract with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, an entity of Bonheur ASA providing jack-up vessels used for offshore wind farm construction, according to a press statement issued at the end of January.

Speedcast has been partners with Fred. Olsen for more than three years and has served its related companies on a global scale in both the Cruise and Energy segments. Under the recently signed contract, Speedcast will provide Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s two offshore assets, Brave Tern and Bold Tern, with unique communication solutions, such as combining VSAT and 4G/LTE to deliver data and voice services for corporate, operator and crew welfare networks. Additionally, Speedcast will deploy an SD-WAN solution integrating multiple carriers to deliver improved connectivity and network efficiency.

“We look forward to serving as the trusted communications provider on Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessels for the wind power market,” says Keith Johnson, EVP of Energy at Speedcast. “Our partnership has been strong in the Cruise and Energy drilling segments for years. We have made significant investments in our robust, multi-access network technology and performance optimisation solutions and both will be used onboard these jack-ups to provide reliable, secure connectivity for both Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and other onboard operators’ personnel. As one of our most-valued global customers, we are proud to continue adding services throughout Fred. Olsen-related companies’ diverse set of assets and building our customer base in other subsegments such as wind energy,” he adds.

“The Fred. Olsen-related companies’ relationship with Speedcast is a critical component of our daily operations in multiple business segments,” says Svein Bjørnstad, CIO of Fred Olsen & Co. “We have worked together on IT solutions and fully-managed communications onboard our drilling vessels and cruise ships for a number of years, and Speedcast’s trusted global network will now give us the multi-carrier solution we need in the dynamic, growing market where Fred. Olsen Windcarrier operates,” he adds.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has an office in Malta’s Pieta, in addition to ones in Norway, Denmark, United Kingdom and Germany.