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Color Line extends contract with MCP

Maritime Communications Partner (MCP) has extended its GSM contract with Color Line, Norway’s largest cruise and transportation company.

MCP provides mobile communications services onboard the Color Line vessels, and says it will be enhancing its GSM service with higher bandwidth systems like 3G and LTE in the next few years.

“It is crucial that our passengers receive the best wireless communication service available. This includes the opportunity to use their mobile phones and data roaming like normal when they are out of the range of terrestrial coverage,” said Jo Eirik Østmo, acting CIO, Color Line.

“Our cooperation with MCP goes back to 2006, and we are very pleased to take part in, and get the benefits of, their constant drive for innovation and future technologies. With MCP as a partner we can rely on the best possible wireless communication services for our passengers and crew.”

Color Line operates a fleet of six ships, transporting more than four million passengers, close to 900,000 cars and over 170,000 trucks each year.

“Ferry operators all over the world are facing a growing demand for reliable wireless access from passengers and commuters wishing to take advantage of the internet and other communications services. Ferry operators must be highly adaptable to meet the mobile social networking revolution,” said Eivind Madsen, CEO, MCP.

“We are proud to have Color Line as a partner as they are always looking to meet and surpass their passengers’ needs and wants – including their desire for mobile connectivity.”

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