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Ericson Sets Sail on Maritime Venture
SeaMobile Inc. and Ericsson have signed a three-year contract under which the companies will work together to provide wireless voice and data services at sea. Ericsson will supply a complete wireless network, including hosted core infrastructure and GSM radio equipment.
Using this technology SeaMobile will offer global wireless communications at sea through leading suppliers of maritime satellite services. Radio base stations will be placed onboard ships, and communication will be secured through satellite links to the hosted core network on shore. Initial activities have included integration to Ericsson’s hosted core network and Network Operations Centre.
Commenting on the joint initiative SeaMobile president and CEO, William Marks, said, “The combined expertise of Ericsson and SeaMobile creates an unbeatable team in delivering advanced wireless services at sea.” He continued, “Ericsson’s position as the largest infrastructure provider for 3G and GSM technology is an excellent fit with SeaMobile. We’re immediately providing a better wireless user experience at sea that will continue to evolve as we introduce services not currently available to the maritime industry.”