33 cruise ships get mobile and wifi

Mobile and internet to 33 cruise shipsLong-term contract with Carnival Corporation

MCP has signed a long-term contract with Carnival Corporation to provide 33 cruise ships with advanced mobile cellular communication services. The agreement provides close to 130,000 people each day mobile voice, texting (SMS) and data (mobile internet) coverage while at sea.

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In order to deliver outstanding mobile solutions to crew and passengers, Carnival Corporation has signed a multi-year contract serving six of the company’s nine brands. The agreement is a consolidation and extension of existing agreements and the addition of new ships. MCP will be the exclusive onboard cellular provider for 12 AIDA ships, 5 Costa ships, 3 Cunard ships, 2 Princess Cruises ships, 3 P&O Cruises (Australia) ships and 8 P&O (UK) cruise ships.

“Technologies and services like this showcase how Carnival Corporation is leveraging our scale to drive strategic advantages,” said Ramon Millan, CIO of Carnival Corporation. “The size of our company enables opportunities like this one, in which we can optimize services and technologies to enhance guest experience.”

“It is rewarding to be able to supply Carnival Corporation ships with solutions that empower crew and passengers with services that enrich their lives. This contract strengthens MCP’s position in the cruise market, and we especially increase our European ship-portfolio”, said CEO of MCP, Frode Støldal.

“We are excited about deploying new kinds of communication solutions with internet services that build a new digital future for all people travelling and working at sea. We believe that mobile internet is a catalyst for growth and that it should be accessible for everyone and everywhere. We are very optimistic about the new partnership and will strive daily to ensure customer satisfaction through delivering the highest quality on our services”, said Støldal.

About Carnival Corporation:
Carnival Corporation is a global cruise company and one of the largest vacation companies in the world. Their portfolio of leading cruise brands includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn in North America, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard in the United Kingdom, AIDA Cruises in Germany, Costa Cruises and Ibero Cruceros in Southern Europe, and P&O Cruises in Australia. Carnival’s vacation companies attract 10 million guests annually.

About Maritime Communications Partner:
Maritime Communications Partner (MCP) is the leading on board communications partner. The company has developed unique technical solutions, providing mobile telephony coverage and internet services for people on board major cruise ships and ferries worldwide, as well as for the offshore-industry. MCP offices are located in Arendal, Norway and Miami, (FL) USA. MCP is fully owned by Telenor ASA, one of the world’s major mobile operators. Through Telenor, MCP has access to a wide range of competence and resources within market, product, innovation and content development.

Frode Støldal, CEO, MCP