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iDirect X7 on Norwegian cruise ship

MTN Communications reports that Norwegian Cruise Line is pioneering use of the iDirect X7 high-performance satellite modem on one of its ships, the Breakaway.

After six months of tests in its Florida lab, MTN installed the X7 on the cruise ship. It says that the modem enables throughput with speeds up to 100 Mbps.

“Norwegian strives to deliver an unparalleled connectivity experience to passengers and crew,” said Vincent Cirel, senior vice president and CIO, Norwegian Cruise Line.

“We are excited to partner with MTN to leverage the industry’s newest technology.  We were thrilled to be the test bed for the X7. It has performed extremely well and will be a cornerstone to support the insatiable demand for the high-throughput internet, TV, voice and app services on our ships.”

Dave Bettinger, CTO, iDirect, also commented that “MTN knew it could turn to Norwegian Cruise Line, an early technology adopter, for validation of X7 performance. This leading cruise operator drives some of the most demanding broadband requirements for ships at sea, pushing MTN’s robust network to the limit.”

“The X7 is the most advanced satellite modem we have ever developed.  We were very excited to put it to the ultimate test – on a cruise ship with upwards of 6,000 passengers and crew, with thousands of mobile devices.”

Featuring adaptive modulation techniques, the X7 enhances beam switching through faster network acquisition. It is optimised for MTN’s high-throughput multi spotbeam (HTMS) satellite platform, planned to commence in 2015.

“MTN has a proud history of partnering with industry trailblazers that challenge us to push the boundaries in maritime communications,” said Kevin McCarthy, COO, MTN.

“We are excited that Norwegian and iDirect have joined us in this quest. As our MTN Nexus next-generation hybrid communications ecosystem becomes a reality this year, the X7 will play a critical role.”

“We will start deploying X7 modems on many vessels for partners, such as Norwegian, that share our passion for, and commitment to, transforming communications at sea.” 

MTN Nexus is a hybrid C-/Ku-band and broadband wireless network.  

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