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Enabling mobile phones on high seas

Posted: 15 Jun 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:satellite connections  mobile devices  GSM network 

Communications between vessels and the mainland are generally accomplished via satellite connections, but this means passengers must use, for additional costs and with less convenience, the ship's wired phones while onboard. In those scenarios, passengers are not unable to receive wireless calls, nor can they simply use their mobile devices on deck or in their rooms to check or send messages.

To alleviate these connectivity problems, the cruise ship's satellite system could be used to backhaul wireless communications to the mainland, which would tap into TIM's core. But to ensure connectivity via handhelds, network equipment would need to be installed onboard, which would spread wireless signals across the ship's decks and down its many corridors. This system would have to operate mindful of the ship's unique power supply limitations, equipment installation restrictions, and aesthetic requirement.

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