Faster Internet to the middle of the ocean

carnivalIt’s getting easier than ever to stay on the grid in the middle of the ocean.

Carnival Cruise Lines unveiled a long-range broadband system Monday designed to jumpstart Internet connections on its 101 ships.

Passengers have had access to spotty satellite-based Internet for years, but Carnival says the new system will offer smoother connections and the ability to engage in bandwidth-intensive activities like streaming video.

Ramon Millan, chief information officer for the company, said Carnival faced a technical challenge similar to that of the airline industry, which has been gradually increasing the in-flight Wi-Fi speeds available to passengers.

“It’s a ship, and it’s moving in the middle of the ocean where there’s no infrastructure, so we have to be creative,” he said.  More