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MTN signs deals with three cruise operators

MTN Communications reports that it has been selected by three cruise lines to provide passengers and crew with internet, voice communications, entertainment and content.

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The US provider has signed deals with UK-based Noble Caledonia, Boston-based river cruise operator Grand Circle Cruise Line, and Greek line Celestyal Cruises, a new brand of Louis Cruises serving the eastern Mediterranean with six ships.

“One size does not fit all in cruising, and each brand needs to deliver a customised and unique communications experience for passengers, as well as reliability and affordability for crew,” said Brent Horwitz, senior vice president and general manager, cruise and ferry services, MTN. 

“No matter where they sail and no matter what they offer onboard, we concentrate on providing each the most robust and specialised communications solution.  These operators are addressing the explosion of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) passengers and crew onboard vessels.” 

MTN says its network now consists of a hybrid of both terrestrial and satellite broadband connectivity, allowing operators to offer passengers and crew more options on how to pay for and consume data. 

“Our approach enables them to deliver impressive internet speeds; the ability to download and upload bandwidth-intensive images, videos and files; access live global TV; and stay in touch with family and friends.  These are initiatives to exceed the high expectations of quality service at sea as we welcome these organisations to the MTN family,” said Mr Horwitz.

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