First maritime GSM network

Irish firm Blue Ocean Wireless, a joint venture between Claret Capital and Altobridge, has developed the world's first GSM network for merchant maritime vessels.


According to the company, it service will, for the first time, enable seafarers to use their existing mobile phones onboard vessels in deepwater in exactly the same way that they will do in port or on land. Users of the service will be able to make and receive voice calls, send and receive SMS and email messages and browse the internet using their handsets.


The service will be directed at more than 1 million seafarers serving as crew on more than 40,000 merchant ships in service worldwide.


Together with Inmarsat, BlueOcean will provide a global GSM mobile service specifically focused on crew members of merchant vessels.


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