On Waves Ehf, the leading maritime mobile services provider, announced today that it has been awarded a Fleet wide contract that covers all MSC Cruises ships.

The agreement covers 10 vessels and will include additional vessels in the future.  On Waves services will enable voice, SMS and Data connectivity in so far uncovered by terrestrial networks areas at open seas. Further, On Waves services will include Crew Calling pre-paid cards, live on board generated informative messages and live TV and Video transmission over compatible GSM mobile phones and devices.

“This major agreement is a milestone in the industry and we are very proud to participate by offering our maritime GSM and CDMA services to the passengers of MSC Cruises”, said Constantin Simeonidis, CEO for On Waves. “To have the trust of an organization like MSC Cruises which operates in several countries in Europe and in the US is a great endorsement of the reliability of our maritime GSM and CDMA services and we are highly honoured to participate into MSC Cruises commitment to bring the best of the mobile technology to their guests”.

Mr. Emilio La Scala General Manager of MSC Cruises welcomed the introduction of ON WAVES to the fleet. He said it has become a welcome innovation to the company’s electronic communications inventory, particularly with the growing demand by passengers requiring reliable, fast communication.   He said the initial trials had proven to be a fleet-wide success, particularly because of the ease of use and availability of telephone, data and video facilities for passengers and crew.