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  • In a move which perhaps heralds the next plateau in at-sea communications. Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN) in Miami announced an innovative partnership in which its satellite communications network will be used for a new service developed and patented by BT A&M, BT's satellite communications division. Cruise Connect, as the new service will be dubbed, will enable passengers and staff on cruise ships to make and receive calls from cell phones at sea.

    "MTN is excited to bring the extended convenience of connecting cellular networks with vessels served by MTN's global C-band network," said Bradford Briggs. MTN's senior vice president and general manager.

    MTN is a leader in maritime communications, providing C-Band, voice, fax, data and internet communications to the cruise industry, the U.S. Navy, and to offshore oil and gas platforms around the world. MTN also provides ship-to-shore live video and radio broadcast capabilities in C-or Ku-Band.

    The company — a subsidiary of ATC Teleports Inc.

    of Fairfax, Va. — is on a strong growth pattern and has recently signed a five year lease on a 23,763-sq.- ft. building to expand its operations.

    Cruise Connect functions via the installation of discrete, mini cellular stations installed on the vessels.

    These stations are linked, via the MTN satellite communications network, to a mobile switching center within the land based cellular network. The system should prove desirable in many instances, as it allows the user to utilize their cell phones — to both make and receive calls to their normal number — as well as to receive billing via their regular statement.

    It also will provide a valuable service, as the regular shipboard phones are disconnected the night before docking back at the homeport, so that billing can be reconciled by the morning disembarkation.

    Circle 86 on Reader Service Card Comsat Expands Communications Pipeline Communications between ship and shore have evolved at light speed, driven by a handful of companies — new and old — which have persistently pushed the capabilities of satellite communications. A leader of this parade has surely been Comsat, which is one of the world's leading suppliers of global satellite services and digital networking services, products and technology.

    Comsat offers a vast array of communication solutions, driven by and designed to fit owners' exacting needs, whether it be naval, commercial or offshore.

    But Comsat has been far from passive in the advance- ment of communications at sea, and has introduced a number of services devised to illustrate to owners the cost and operational advantages of high volume, seamless communication solutions.

    Chief among these are products geared to the quickly expanding cruise shipping market, a demanding market which requires high capacity and seamless communication systems for both passenger and crew purposes.

    Comsat recently won a three-year contract with Cunard to provide worldwide data and voice satellite communications to Cunard's fleet of eight cruise ships.

    In addition to services being provided via the Inmarsat satellite system, Comsat is also supplying a new 128 kbps C-Band service for the QE2, providing one of the most advanced shipboard satellite communication solutions available.

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  • Mackay Communications, Inc. recently announced the promotion of Edward J. Bizub to manager, satellite communications products. Mr. Bizub has more than 18 years' experience in marine communications and has an extensive background in the marketing and sales of INMARSAT satellite communications terminal

  • Radar Devices, Inc. (RDI), San Leandro, Calif., recently announced the signing of an agreement valued at $15 million—the largest of its type—with the People's Republic of China for electronic maritime safety equipment. "The immediate portion of the agreement is for $2.4 million," according to RDI

  • SeaWave provides mariners with reliable, low-cost Internet e-mail and standard priced NOAA color weather charts and NOAA text weather forecasts. The company has positioned itself as an alternative to satellite providing reliable links at a low cost. The company has been very active, in March announcing

  • Tracor, Inc.'s Applied Sciences Group has been contracted, on a consulting basis, to perform the engineering development of an automated Inland Waterways Communications System, which will provide automated voice and data communications s e r v i c e s along the Mississippi River and its connecting wa

  • New responsibilities have been assigned to four Magnavox executives as a result of the accelerating growth pattern of the company's Advanced Products Division, according to Arthur P. Stern, senior vice president of Magnavox Government and Industrial Electronics Company and general manager of the

  • Astrium Services, a global communications provider of commercial satellite networks in the maritime sector, recently took a survey of seafarer’s usage of crew communication solutions in the commercial shipping sector. The survey involved two Philippine crewing agents handling approximately 47,000 seafarers

  • —Literature Available Sal Berte recently announced the formation of Saber Communications, a Houston-based company that will specialize in the representation of high-quality products for marine dealers in both the commercial and pleasure-craft marketplaces. In addition, the company will offer

  • COMSAT World Systems Division announced recently that William C. Taylor has been appointed senior vice president. In this capacity, Mr. Taylor will manage the provision of international communications services through COMSAT's international earth stations and satellites of the International Telecommu

  • The Federal Communications Commission recently issued a license to Waterway Communications System, Inc. (Watercom), Jeffersonville, Ind., for the construction and operation of an automated communications system serving the Mississippi, Ohio, and Illinois Rivers, and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

  • Scientific-Atlanta, Inc., Atlanta, Ga., recently received orders for satellite ground equipment from Digital Communications Corporation (DCC), a M/A-COM company. The order calls for products to be used in satellite shore stations being constructed or retrofitted for service in the INMARSAT maritime

  • Bergesen D.Y. ASA in Norway has, for a long time, tested different communication systems to improve data communication between ship and office. Electrical superintendent at Bergesen, Odd Jarle Holtekj0len, confirms that the decision has been made to install CommBox on 16 vessels. "We have tested CommB

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