[SatNews] "This is the most advanced satellite modem ever developed... put it to the ultimate test, on a cruise ship with 6,000 passengers and crew, with thousands of mobile devices.”
MTN Communications (MTN) announces its partner, Norwegian Cruise Line (Norwegian), is pioneering the new iDirect X7 high-performance satellite modem on its Norwegian Breakaway ship. MTN installed the X7 after a six-month test process in its Miramar, Florida. engineering lab. The modem has dramatically improved the efficiency and throughput of the vessel’s communications system, enabling the most cutting-edge Internet service at sea.
“MTN knew it could turn to Norwegian Cruise Line, an early technology adopter, for validation of X7 performance,” said Dave Bettinger, CTO, iDirect. “This leading cruise operator drives some of the most demanding broadband requirements for ships at sea, pushing MTN’s robust network to the limit. The X7 is the most advanced satellite modem we have ever developed. We were very excited to put it to the ultimate test – on a cruise ship with upwards of 6,000 passengers and crew, with thousands of mobile devices.”
The X7 is a key component of MTN’s strategy to transform communications at sea because it:
- Enables dramatically more throughput, with speeds up to 100 Mbps
- Delivers unprecedented availability and efficiency through advanced adaptive modulation techniques
- Enhanced beam switching through faster network acquisition
- Is optimized for MTN’s high-throughput multi spotbeam (HTMS) satellite platform starting in 2015
“MTN has a proud history of partnering with industry trailblazers that challenge us to push the boundaries in maritime communications,” said Kevin McCarthy, COO, MTN. “We are excited that Norwegian and iDirect have joined us in this quest. As our MTN Nexus™ next-generation hybrid communications ecosystem becomes a reality this year, the X7 will play a critical role. We will start deploying X7 modems on many vessels for partners, such as Norwegian, that share our passion for, and commitment to, transforming communications at sea.”
MTN is a global provider of maritime communications and content services since the first stabilized satellite antenna for ships at sea in the early 1980s. Today, the company serves most of the world’s cruise lines, as well as hundreds of yachts, cargo ships, oil and gas vessels, and military aircraft, ships, vehicles and facilities.
MTN Nexus, the company’s next-generation communications ecosystem, is the first hybrid C-/Ku-band and broadband wireless network that is delivering content with land-like speeds to vessels at sea. For more information, visit.