Telenor Maritime, maritime mobile operator has entered into an agreement with Anek Lines, a passenger shipping company to upgrade the mobile ecosystem onboard all their passenger ships.
A connectivity platform with mobile, premium Wi-Fi, Ka-VSAT and mobile broadband backhaul will improve the complete digital value chain with services enhancing operational efficiency and the passenger’s onboard experience.
Commenting on the partnership, Lars Erik Lunøe, CEO, Telenor Maritime, said: “This is an important step for Telenor Maritime’s service-expansion into the Mediterranean, and we are delighted to partner up with Anek Lines, the largest passenger shipping company in Greece.”
High-speed connectivity is crucial for passenger’s quality of experience, and more so in situations where mobile devices are used for business purposes. The Wi-Fi solution will enable passengers to stream, be updated as well as surfing seamlessly using their social network accounts.
Installation of the equipment will commence in Q2 of 2019, with an expected completion of the project in Q4 the same year.
Commenting on the announcement, Yannis S. Vardinoyannis, Managing Director, Anek Lines, noted: “Anek Lines focus on innovation and invest in a passenger-oriented approach, bringing a quality evolution into maritime transport, contributing to the development of the coastal shipping industry and establishing new routes in the Aegean and the Adriatic Sea. We have established our position as the leading power in coastal shipping through more than 50 years. The company is a key driver for economic, tourism, social and cultural development in Crete.”
“We are observing the coming technological revolution in the maritime business with its digital transformation, giving us opportunities of additional operational benefits and new revenue streams” Vardinoyannis added.
“Mobile operators and technology have, through time, transformed how businesses operate. A state-of-the-art high-speed network will facilitate Anek Lines to carry out more innovation and efficiency improvement, benefitting from high-speed mobile coverage, with improved communications,” Lars Erik Lunøe said.