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Deal to extend mobile services at sea

TE Connectivity (TE) has announced that Maritime Communications Partner (MCP) is deploying its InterReach Unison DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) on nine US-based cruise ships.

MCP’s mobile phone services for these vessels will be supplemented by InterReach Unison DAS support for 850 and 1900 MHz UMTS frequencies, as well as 1800 MHz phone services, on board the ships.

CAT-5 cabling is used to connect the electronics, which are designed to be easily upgradeable in the future by changing the host unit.

TE says that its equipment was originally designed to cope with dense traffic in large venues like stadiums and airports, operating as an extension of the public wireless network infrastructure. It can be managed via an SNMP-based network management system.

"Cruise ships have been an active market for us because people expect their mobile devices to work at sea," said Peter Wraight, president of TE's Wireless business unit.

"Our InterReach Unison DAS solves the mobile connectivity for MCP because it is easy to deploy and provides excellent performance."

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