Ericsson chosen by Maersk Line to deploy mobile and satellite communications
Jan 12, 2012 (TELECOMWORLDWIRE via COMTEX) -- Shipping company Maersk Line has appointed Ericsson (Nasdaq:ERIC) to introduce end-to-end systems integration and deployment of mobile and satellite communication to its entire vessel fleet, the telecoms equipment maker said on Wednesday.
No financial details were disclosed.
According to Ericsson over the next two years Maersk Line will outfit 400 out of its 500 container vessels with Ericsson antennas and GSM base stations, with upgrades to be made to the remaining vessels soon after.
As part of the agreement Ericsson will provide seven years of global managed services support, including 24/7 network monitoring and onboard maintenance services in a number of ports across major regions.
Until now, Maersk Line's ships have been equipped with satellite connectivity intended to support communication for vital shipboard functions. Ericsson's integrated maritime mobile and very-small-aperture terminal (VSAT) satellite solution will bring extended connectivity to the entire fleet, allowing for new ways of communicating.
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