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Norwegian Cruise Lines to install onboard mobile phone service

Norwegian shipboard mobile phone services provider Maritime Communications Partner (MCP) reports that it has agreed a new telecommunications contract with Norwegian Cruise Line, covering the entire existing fleet as well as two newbuilds.

The deal includes the provision of cellular telephony and prepaid services to passengers and crew, with the ships to be equipped with a network allowing for future migration to 3G and LTE technologies.

“The mobile communication needs of our guests are changing rapidly,” said Ross Henderson, Norwegian’s vice president of onboard services.

“We were impressed with MCP’s progressive attitude towards innovation - making MCP the best fit for Norwegian moving forward. As part of Telenor, MCP can tap into a wide range of other onboard communications services.”

Fred Sorensen, MCP’s managing director for the Americas, also expressed his satisfaction that the company was extending its reach in the American market.

“This deal reinforces our position as the industry’s most innovative onboard communications provider and adds a fleet of cruise ships to our growing family of vessels,” he said.

“This is another step in the right direction for MCP in the US and is a positive development for the cruise operators, their passengers and crew members. Clearly, the major industry players are seeking to meet their customers’ demands by providing the best possible modern and future-proof communications systems available on the market today.”

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