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AT&T Wireless, Maritime Telecommunications Network Go Cruising

By | March 17, 2004

      AT&T Wireless [AWE] and Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN) plan to give cruise- ship passengers the convenience of using their wireless phones while at sea. The companies are working with several cruise lines to introduce the service later this year.

      Redmond, Wash.-based AT&T Wireless and Miramar, Fla.-based MTN formed a joint venture called Wireless Maritime Services to develop and launch an innovative service that would use a combination of satellite and wireless technology to provide the cruise line industry and its passengers with on-board communications. The joint venture would combine MTN’s expertise in providing satellite services to the cruise industry with the capabilities of AT&T Wireless to deliver wireless services to people on the road. Financial terms were not disclosed.

      The joint venture with AT&T Wireless will deliver “truly global mobile service” to ships in international waters, said David Kagan, MTN’s CEO.

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