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Thuraya for Smart crew calling

Thuraya has announced that it has been selected by Smart Communications, a Philippines-based wireless services provider, for the launch of its new crew calling service, Marino PhonePal.

The Dubai-based operator says that the multi-year deal will see it partner with Smart on network services and hardware for the maritime voice service.

Marino PhonePal is an expansion of Smart’s current crew calling service, growing from an existing Asia Pacific footprint to now include major sea lanes in Australia, New Zealand, Indian Ocean, the Middle East, Africa and Europe (Thuraya’s coverage area).

Through this partnership, Smart will offer low cost prepaid calls to seafarers while at sea using Thuraya’s SF2500 voice terminals, says the Emirati satellite operator, adding that Marino PhonePal customers will benefit from a connection at fixed prices.

“Ship owners and operators understand the value of making a robust crew calling service available to their seafarers,” said Smart’s chief wireless adviser, Orlando Vea.

“Thuraya offers a strong and reliable solution combined with attractive price plans that fit these requirements. We are excited to embark on this partnership which is beneficial to all parties and, most importantly, will benefit seafarers around the world.”

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