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Norwegian Cruise Line extends VSAT deal

MTN Satellite Communications has extended its contract with Norwegian Cruise Line for an additional five years, the companies report.

The deal includes VSAT communications, crew calling, internet services, access to MTN Worldwide TV and related services.

MTN will continue to provide its communications solutions to the entire Norwegian fleet, including its newest ships, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, launching in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

“Throughout our 21-year partnership, MTN has been committed to the highest standard of excellence when it comes to providing reliable and comprehensive communications services to our passengers and crew,” said Norwegian senior vice president and CIO Vincent Cirel.

“MTN is always willing to test innovative new ideas that help keep our company at the forefront of maritime communications for our guests and crew members. Their longevity and dedication to the cruise industry is truly unmatched and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership.”

MTN’s partnership with Norwegian started with the 709-ft Seaward in 1991, where MTN provided bandwidth to the cruise ship's 1,480 guests and 740 crew members.

With the extension of the contract, MTN will continue providing Norwegian with communications services such as internet cafés and Wi-Fi, so users can have internet access via smartphones, tablets, computers and laptops. Additional services will include MTN OceanPhone.

“Norwegian has taken amazing steps to better the passenger and crew experience, and we embrace their challenge to always be one pace ahead of their communications demands,” said Errol Olivier, president and CEO, MTN.

“MTN values its customers and its own service team as seriously as Norwegian. This is a natural partnership for achieving Norwegian’s impressive connectivity milestones.

“MTN specialises in leveraging not just the bandwidth, but also throughput to fleets so every last gigabyte – and even terabyte – is optimised, resulting in service excellence and the best at-sea experience the industry has to offer.”

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