A special event on board the Regal Princess cruise ship, operated by Carnival’s Princess Cruises brand, has set what is thought to be a new maritime satellite bandwidth record with a 1.5 gigabits per second link established on board the vessel in conjunction with satellite operator SES Networks.
MCP has signed a contract with Carnival Corporation to provide GSM communications for 33 ships across six of its nine brands, providing voice, text and data coverage for approximately 130,000 people at sea each day.
The agreement includes consolidation and extension of deals already in place, as well as the addition of new ships. The full list includes 12 AIDA ships, five Costa ships, three Cunard ships, two Princess Cruises ships, three P&O Cruises (Australia) ships and eight P&O (UK) cruise ships.
“Technologies and services like this showcase how Carnival Corporation is leveraging our scale to drive strategic advantages,” said Ramon Millan, CIO of Carnival Corporation.
“The size of our company enables opportunities like this one, in which we can optimise services and technologies to enhance guest experience.”
MCP will be the exclusive onboard cellular provider for the above ships, significantly strengthening its position in the cruise market, according to CEO Frode Støldal.
“It is rewarding to be able to supply Carnival Corporation ships with solutions that empower crew and passengers with services that enrich their lives,” he said.
“We are excited about deploying new kinds of communication solutions with internet services that build a new digital future for all people travelling and working at sea.”
MTN Communications (MTN) reports that it has doubled the number of cruise ships connected to its Terrestrial Broadband Network (TBN) compared with last year, and has tripled the number of regions where service coverage is available.
Maritime Communications Partner (MCP), a Telenor subsidiary which provides phone coverage to cruise and ferry passengers, has announced that it has been chosen by Princess Cruises to equip one of its ships with on-board 3G wireless communication services.
Princess Cruises has extended its use of Maritime Communications Partner's (MCP) wireless communications service, adding the systems to the new vessel Royal Princess and her sister ship being built at Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.
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