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Maritime VoIP app launched

Maritime mobile network provider, Skybridge, has launched VoiSea, a VoIP app that offers access to free voice and HD video calls and messages at sea and other remote locations, whilst keeping bandwidth consumption to a minimum.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The low-bandwidth version of the app can reduce bandwidth consumption to 8 kbps, and is being targeted at users on board ferries, cruise liners, ships and also aircraft.

“We are delighted to be able to introduce a solution to what has become a real problem for both passengers and crew,” said Constantin Simeonidis, president and CEO of Skybridge.

“VoiSea has been developed for maritime users and has taken into consideration the specific challenges that ship owners face when dealing with restricted bandwidth on board. This new app completes our core maritime cellular service offering.”

Should a user wish to call a number not supported by the app, they may purchase credit directly through the Apple App Store or Google Play. No activation codes for top-ups or prepaid cards or vouchers are required for the system, and if the crew member leaves to work on another vessel they simply take their account with them.

VoiSea also offers photo and location sharing, free incoming calls and VoiSea callback for use when there is almost no internet connection.

“We are experiencing huge demand for data consumption and this is only going to increase over the next decade with the rise of the mobile device,” said Mr Simeonidis.

“With VoiSea, Skybridge has created an app that not only solves this problem at sea, but can be introduced into aviation and other markets, such as land-based regions that are under-served in terms of cellular connectivity.”

“The advent of High Throughput Satellites will no doubt help these markets to offer increased Wi-Fi speed. However, given the massive rise in data demand, we believe that VoiSea will bridge the considerable gap that exists in cellular coverage today.”{/mprestriction}

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