Telenor Satellite Services signed a three-year agreement with Brittany Ferries to provide high-speed data communications via satellite. Telenor will provide Ku-Band service for two Brittany vessels, the Val de Loire and Brittany's newest vessel the Pont Aven, with an option to install as many as six additional Sealink systems for the rest of the company's ferry fleet.
Operating at speeds up to 192 kbits per second, Telenor (TEL.OL)
's Sealink service provides high-speed data communications. The system now installed aboard the Val de Loire and early in 2004 aboard the new Pont Aven offers one of the industry's most advanced shipboard satellite communications solutions available today complete with the highest reliability for the maritime community.
"Brittany Ferries is committed to providing top quality services for our customers and we are constantly seeking new ways to provide new features and services for our guests traveling on board our ships," said François Seminel, directeur informatique for Brittany Ferries.
"Telenor is pleased to welcome the Brittany Ferries fleet to our growing list of more than 80 ferries operating throughout Europe and around the world using our Sealink maritime VSAT solution for on board satellite communications," said Pål Jensen, vice president of Telenor Satellite Services. "Our 'always on, fixed price' service coupled with Sealink's end-to-end customer care and technical expertise provide Brittany Ferries with communications systems that offer real-time and reliable service and are fully managed for them by Telenor."
Brittany Ferries operates
a fleet of seven vessels serving ports In France, England Spain and Ireland.