We’re sailing on Princess Cruises Grand Princess all week and, as usual, have been using the ship-wide wireless Internet connection extensively, me with my MacBook and iPhone plus Lisa with her iPad. More on all that later. First, this just in: MTN, the company that handles the Internet connections for just about every ship in the world, made an announcement today that has far-reaching implications for anyone who has ever used or is planning to use the Internet while sailing. We begin with this story…
MTN s (MTN) are the people who enable most cruise ships worldwide to provide travelers with Internet access. That’s no big news. What may very well indeed be big news, perhaps the biggest news to date for worldwide communications is the impending launch of MTN’s Next Generation Network.
If MTN has not been on your radar, now is the time to start following along.
MTN’s Next Generation Network is promising to “address the capacity, price and performance constrains the industry is facing today, across market segments, delivering the highest quality of products and services customers want,” the company said in a statement.
“Halleluiah!” we hear anyone wanting better performance at sea on a consistent basis shouting.
This week MTN announced the addition of two key executives to its management team in support of the company’s momentum and aggressive growth plans.
To help deliver the new Next Generation Network package, MTN tapped HP for former engineering VP Robert Wise, instrumental in HP’s public cloud computing effort and Intelsat General’s Susan Miller to serve as Executive Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development.
This strategic effort positions MTN with the ability to meet customer demands, today and in the future, with “technology and innovation that has yet to be utilized,” said MTN.
“MTN is focused on specific areas of rampant industry innovation including cloud computing and mobile applications, for the world of satellite communications,” said Wise. “Communities served primarily by satellite links have not seen the same pace of innovation, and we are going to change that.”
MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) was the first company to offer a stabilized Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite solution for ships at sea and has contributed to the evolution of the satellite industry over the past three decades, delivering communications solutions that address the needs of people moving around the world.
Through MTN’s reliable global satellite network and expertise, the company continues to deliver solutions across various markets while addressing the unique challenges and needs for each.
Today, MTN offers services and solutions to cruise lines, commercial shipping, oil and gas, mega yachts, government entities and aviation markets.
With sales and service offices, teleport gateways, Points of Presence (PoPs) and spare parts depots located in all corners of the globe, MTN’s global footprint allows them to successfully serve more than 600 vessels sailing around the world and to U.S. government and commercial aircraft on transatlantic routes.
In addition to bandwidth management, MTN delivers and supports a broad array of integrated turnkey services, including remote access for Internet, VoIP, voice services, remote IT management, global vessel tracking, bandwidth optimization, real-time video capabilities, crew calling solutions, and other enterprise solutions.
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