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Ponant extends comms agreement

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French cruise company Ponant has extended its VSAT and GSM services contract with Marlink, which will improve bandwidth speeds on its five-strong fleet of yachts and cruise vessels, while also adding four planned newbuilds to its communications deal.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The four new Ponant Explorers yachts currently under construction, for delivery in 2018 and 2019, will all be connected to Marlink’s multi-band network prior to delivery, to ensure connectivity directly from their maiden voyages. All of the vessels will be provided with internet access, telephone, GSM and data communications for guests, crew and operations.

Ponant’s vessels will have access to global Ku and C-band VSAT, as well as L-band and GSM/LTE services, with the best available service selected at any given time to carry IP and voice communications. This will be managed by Marlink’s SMARTConnect service, which handles automatic switching between alternate carriers.

“We are committed to delivering unique cruising experiences, visiting exotic destinations while still ensuring high-end facilities on board,” said Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, Ponant CEO.

“As a long term partner, Marlink has been able to ensure coverage on its global network for all our vessels wherever they are, providing connectivity for guests and our business, operational and crew welfare needs. The contract extension introduces even higher speeds and QoS, helping us to improve our on board facilities across the fleet.”{/mprestriction}

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