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Silversea Cruises onboard WiFi works like a dream through super MTN connections

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The news made your National Cruise Examiner jump for joy this morning. MTN, a pioneer in broadband maritime communications, sent out a press release announcing that Silversea Cruises has extended its Broadband service. Why this is so good is because of all the ships yours truly has been on in the last couple of years, the best WiFi service ever was on the Silver Spirit. This is very important for a writer who files story from her suite, but also for all those passengers who can’t leave home without being connected with mobile devices.

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Not once in seven days did the Internet go down, did I lose a slideshow or story or have trouble accessing email. Bless you Silversea. Just wish more ships could provide such seamless Internet connections.

MTN, which operates a worldwide connectivity footprint and content suite through its hybrid satellite and broadband terrestrial network across the globe, announced the luxury cruise line is renewing and extending the companies' long-term relationship and increasing the breadth of communications services MTN will provide its eight-ship fleet, including its latest ships, Silver Discoverer and Silver Galapagos. “This relationship includes a substantial increase in broadband connectivity to its ship,” according to today’s press release. “MTN also worked with Silversea to optimize the Wi-Fi design on each vessel with the latest technology to further enable Silversea support of video streaming and other guest services. These upgrades support expanded broadcast, data and voice services on the Silversea fleet, further catering to today's Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) passengers and crew.”

"Silversea has been an MTN customer for nine years and is recognized as the world's top ultra-luxury cruise line," said Jason Cohn, director of global IT infrastructure, Silversea. "Committed to the highest standards of excellence, our itineraries cover all corners of the globe, so it is critical to deliver reliable communications and content everywhere at a level akin to a land-based resort. We are especially excited about the range of communications services on our two latest ships. Cruising these rarely-visited locales not only requires mission-critical connectivity, but a unique opportunity to show friends and family the highlights along such extraordinary journeys."

"We want Silversea passengers to have the most luxurious cruise experience available," said Brent Horwitz, senior vice president and general manager, cruise services, MTN. "Part of that has been the ease, convenience and choice associated with communications services from MTN.”

Since the Silver Spirit is much smaller (500+ passengers, than say the mega ships of Princess and the 1,000-plus passenger Crystal Cruises ships) it probably figures that the Internet and WiFi worked so well, but it could also be thanks to continued advancements made by MTN. A spokesperson said,”To meet today's at-sea and remote communications and IT needs, MTN's unmatched portfolio delivers Internet, voice, live global TV, mobile apps, multimedia content delivery, video conferencing, network management and bandwidth optimization.” “The company's communications ecosystem, MTN Nexus™, is advancing industry thinking "outside the bandwidth box" to minimize costs, maximize throughput and optimize operations.” “This end-to-end solution converges satellite and terrestrial broadband, cloud computing and application development to optimally deliver land-like speeds at sea.” For more information about MTN visit www.mtnsat.com. Also check out Silversea Cruises at www.silverseacruises.com.

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