The new contract is for five years, and builds on an existing contract held by SatPoint for the provision of VSAT services to Scandlines since 2006.
SatPoint and MCP will work together under the new deal to install new infrastructure and hardware on seven ferries out of the 14 ferries equipped with VSAT. Passengers and crew will be able to use their mobile phones for voice, SMS and data on board the same way as they do on land.
“Telephony is not Scandlines’ core business and our focus has been to ensure an economically sensible solution to our customers, while it is very important for our reputation and our customer service to ensure a high quality mobile phone service on board all our vessels,” said Søren Rose, category manager at Scandlines.
MCP says that demand for mobile phone service on ferry and cruise ships has been on the increase, with the company achieving growth of 180 per cent in data traffic among passengers and crew.