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Isle of Wight Ferries Add Wireless Internet Access

Posted: 14th Apr, 2008 By: MarkJ
Wightlink's Isle of Wight Ferries have gained in-ship broadband wireless Internet connectivity thanks to a new deal with Moovera Networks, a wireless communications specialist. Wightlink has equipped ferries in the South of England running between the Isle of Wight and the mainland towns of Portsmouth and Lymington with the Moovbox M Series mobile broadband gateway, which provides Internet access at up to 3.6Mbps and real-time GPS-based ship location monitoring.

The implementation of on-board Internet is part of a major modernization program that includes the commissioning of three new ships, recently constructed in Croatia and currently undergoing sea trials. With eight car ferries and three FastCats in the fleet, annually Wightlink carries over 5.5 million passengers, 1.2 million cars, and almost 200,000 coaches and freight vehicles:

“By equipping our ferries with always-on, high-speed broadband technology from Moovera Networks, we’re able to ensure our captains and crew have instant access to online resources throughout the voyage. We’re also laying the foundation for public Wi-Fi hotspot services as we continually seek ways to improve the passenger experience.” said Andrew Willson, Wightlink’s Chief Executive.

The Moovbox M Series delivers Internet access on the Wightlink ships at speeds up to 3.6Mbps by creating a bridge between a vessel and a next-generation 3G HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) cellular broadband network from T-Mobile. The Moovbox also offers Ethernet connectivity for ship systems and secure Wi-Fi for crew laptops.
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