Sunday, June 11, 2006

WMS and LGC Wireless Deliver Cellular Service Aboard Cruise Ships

Wireless Maritime Services (WMS), a joint venture of Cingular Wireless and Maritime Telecommunications Network, is deploying LGC Wireless' InterReach Unison systems to enable high-quality cellular service for cruise ship passengers worldwide.

LGC Wireless systems are currently deployed aboard some two dozen ships operated by the world's leading cruise lines, including Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Holland America Line, Island Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Orient Lines, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Royal Caribbean Cruises.

A typical installation brings in wireless signals through a ship-mounted satellite antenna, and then distributes the signal via Unison Main and Expansion Hubs plus roughly 60 antennas. Through its roaming partnerships with 340 cellular carriers worldwide, WMS ensures CDMA and GSM-based cellular services.



Wireless Applications Need Better In-Building Coverage
the race to deploy 3G mobile data coverage, carriers are primarily
concerned with upgrading their existing outdoor network. While this will
support applications in transportation, utilities, and construction
industries, such coverage won't easily support indoor mobile 3G wireless
users. There are two basic challenges.


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