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Stena Line To Provide On-Board Internet

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

02 September 2010


Marlink, the global provider of maritime satellite communications, has announced that Stena Line, one of the world’s largest ferry operators, has entered into a four-year contract renewal, which will see Marlink provide 27 vessels with in-ship wireless broadband connectivity, including while offshore.

Under the renewed contract, Marlink will provide fully-integrated satellite telephony access to 34 vessels and internet access to 27 vessels. The system will position Stena Line as one of the first ferry operators to offer free WiFi internet access for passengers.

Tore Morten Olsen, CEO of Marlink, commented: "To provide free WiFi Internet access puts Stena in a strong competitive position. To achieve this they have purchased a significant upgrade of the system bandwidth, with access to 8 Mbps satellite closed user group capacity, which will give their passengers total contact throughout their voyage. We have worked with Stena for some years breaking new ground as we have developed unique services.”

He added: “They were our first customer to provide pay-per-use on our Internet@Sea Prepaid Surf service. We are delighted that we can continue to innovate with our partners and look forward to more exciting developments in the future."

Stena Line also said that it can now provide mobile coverage for the entire crossing between its busy Harwich (UK) to the Hook of Holland route.

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