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Telenor-owned Maritime Communications Partner (MCP) has been chosen by Statoil to build and operate what the company claims will be the world’s largest 4G network at sea.

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.”

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 10:42

MCP to roll out 4G off Norwegian coast

Maritime Communication Partner (MCP) has announced plans to create a LTE (4G) network on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), providing offshore connectivity comparable to that on land.

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