Cruise passengers need internet access for web browsing, to keep in touch with friends and family, and share their journey on social networks. Internet is so integrated into the everyday life that, it is often the first thing a passenger asks when boarding. Committed to providing the best travel experience possible, AmaWaterways needs a way to provide quality 24/7 internet access to the each of their 150 premier guests as if they were onshore.
Websites are becoming increasingly content-heavy and media-rich for a better browsing experience. This results in a steady rise in the bandwidth usage and data cost over time. Internet audio and video call let passengers stay in touch with family and friends. They do also add bandwidth usage and data cost. Mobiles devices by default perform app and system updates when connected to a Wi-Fi network. These updates bring new features and security enhancement, but having these automatic downloads onboard significantly increases bandwidth usage and cost. This raises a challenge of fulfilling passengers’ increasing bandwidth needs without skyrocketing data cost which already amounts to €800 a day.
Peplink was the right solution for this problem. The Peplink Balance with MediaFast router comes with built-in SSD storage. This allows the router to seamlessly cache content in the built-in SSD storage. Content e.g. news website and mobile app or system update will be cached in the router’s built-in SSD storage when they are requested by a passenger’s mobile device. Subsequent access to the same content by other passenger’s mobile devices will be delivered instantly from cache without having to download the same content again from the internet which would incur additional bandwidth usage.
The total bandwidth usage is reduced by 2GB to 5GB a day saving €1,200 to €3,000 a month in data cost. This provides an immediate return on investment for AmaWaterways. The substantial cost saving is able to pay back their investment in Peplink MediaFast in only months.