The exponential growth in mobile internet usage on smart phones has also reached the high seas.
Through its innovation program Maritime Communications Partner (MCP),has implemented EDGE on selected cruise ships. EDGE, an impressive means of utilizing bandwidth capacity more efficiently, allows mobile users higher speed and a better user experience when updating their Facebook account, checking the latest Tweets or just surfing the internet on their phones. This technology is, however, only an intermediate step towards the 3G and 4G service launch with turbo surfing speed at sea.
The 3G and 4G introduction brings along a significant increase in capacity and performance compared with an ordinary mobile connection. MCP is an expert on compression technologies, saving ship-owners and mobile users both money and resources. This further strengthens MCP’s position as the leading onboard communications partner.