The notion of a cruise holiday conjures up images of lazing on a sundeck surrounded by the deep blue ocean and of evenings full of entertainment and mornings exploring new destinations. In this article we explore what Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ could deliver for the world’s largest cruise ship.

In March 2018, MS Symphony of the Seas made her first voyage from Barcelona. Owned and run by Royal Caribbean International, she is the largest passenger ship ever built, boasting a whopping 18 decks filled with 2,759 staterooms, 7 separate neighbourhoods, a children's water park, a full-size basketball court, ice-skating rink, and two 43-foot rock-climbing walls.

It is clear that Royal Caribbean take the responsibility of passenger entertainment seriously. With 6,680 guests every square foot, counts. Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ could deliver Wi-Fi to every passenger and every communal area with a single seamless fibre network with no switches - revolutionary in terms of the space created for cruise ships or Build-to-Rent developments.

With all that extra space Royal Caribbean could install another Broadway-calibre theatre? Add some more foliage to the 'central park' on board which contains over 20,000 tropical plants? Or add some more length to the world’s tallest slide at sea? With less space and less infrastructure required to deliver the Wi-Fi passengers expect, the extra space could add significant value to the passenger experience.

Winding down doesn’t have to mean switching off - just because you’ve built a cruise ship doesn’t mean your customers can’t stay connected. Pervasive Wi-Fi means passengers staying connected with family and friends back home. Whether it’s being able to chat through Skype or having the bandwidth to send regular updates and photos of all the fun, staying connected with home enhances an already incredible experience. Pervasive Wi-Fi would improve the voyage by encouraging a more shared experience where passengers can listen to their own music at the gym, or watch streaming TV together cosied up on deck – the benefits are almost limitless!

So, what’s it going to cost to of install Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ on the world’s largest passenger ship?

If we divide Symphony of the Seas 2759 rooms into 2-room apartments, it would cost just £608 per apartment to install SFI™. When compared to traditional cabling, this is a saving of £80 per apartment. Get a Quick Quote for your next Build-to-Rent development or your next Cruise Liner here

Smart Fibre Infrastructure™ (SFI™)

Glide Residential’s SFI™ is a full fibre, landlord broadband solution that provides a fast and simple way to cable a building, specifically designed for the Build-to-Rent (BTR) sector. With SFI™, buildings are future-proofed for the next 25 years, as there are no restrictions on what can be delivered via fibre. SFI™ also enables the provision of many smart technology services such as Wi-Fi controlled lighting and heating, door entry, CCTV, digital signage, smart metering, and SkyQ. SFI™ helps add rental value, whilst reducing operational costs, and is designed with developers, landlords, and their residents in mind.

Managed Internet Service

With Glide Residential, you can also benefit from a fully managed internet service for private rented residents and fully managed internet solutions. What this means is everything is managed from the cabling, to launch, to ongoing 24/7/365 support. Complete managed broadband services from a single provider. The network is monitored around the clock to ensure everything is running smoothly, and each customer has their own dedicated service manager as one single point of contact to provide everything you need.

Get in touch with a member of our team to find out how we can enhance your Build-to-Rent (BTR) development. Call us on 03333 800 800 or drop us an email at, or find out more details on our website /connectivity-and-smart-solutions/sfi

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