— On-Waves Ehf, a leading maritime mobile services provider, announced today that it has been awarded a fleet-wide contract with the Compagnie du Ponant, which operates a five-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore the world’s most treasured destinations.

The agreement covers 5 ships:  Le Ponant, Le Levant, Le Diamant, L'Austral and Le Boreal.  

On-Waves services will enable seamless voice, SMS and data connectivity to guests using their home mobile phone numbers at sea. Guests will now be able to stay in touch with family, friends and business associates during their cruise.  Further, On-Waves will provide a pre-paid GSM service tailored to the specific needs of crew. 

On-Waves will also introduce a range of new innovative services, such as an on-board informational messaging platform and video distribution to GSM mobiles. 

Stéphane Veuillot, Compagnie du Ponant Purchasing Manager, commented:  “We are pleased to introduce this new, convenient service to our guests and crew. We are committed to deliver a consistent high-level of quality and customer service across all our ships. With On-Waves’ mobile services, we will offer our guests and crew the latest technology to enhance their comfort and experience on Ponant. Furthermore, On-Waves’ service provides an additional mean of personal communication that increase our guest and crew security at sea”

“This agreement is a milestone in the luxury cruise industry and we are proud to enter into this partnership with Compagnie du Ponant to deliver our mobile phone services to their guests”, said Constantin Simeonidis, CEO for On-Waves. “To have earned the trust of Compagnie du Ponant, a unit of the CMA-CGM Group, one of the leading firms in the maritime sector, is a great endorsement of the reliability of our maritime telecommunications service.