Oceancell by GEOLINK: The First GSM Solution Via Satellite Aboard Ships

Geolink, a forerunner in the satellite communication sector, has successfully developed Oceancell, the first GSM solution aboard ships. With Oceancell, passengers on cruise liners or car ferries, can transmit and receive calls on their GSM, when the vessel is outside the local network coverage zone.

The use of GSM with the Oceancell system will be totally transparent for passengers, the only requirement is the option "Europe or International" activated with their normal operator. Communications will be invoiced exactly in the same way as when the telephone is used abroad (international roaming).

Simultaneously, Oceancell can offer the ship owner fixed telephones/which would be distributed through the ship - for passenger and crew calls, as well as Internet access for the crew and passengers, should it be from their cabin or from a "Cyber cafe." Oceancell allows extension of the owners Intranet on shore aboard the ship. According to Claude Barraud, Geolink's CEO, "Oceancell is in perfect synergy with the strategy of Geolink, which is to guarantee, through different world satellite networks, a world wide telecommunications service that is 100 percent reliable on land and sea, regardless of the working or living conditions." Oceancell is a telecommunications solution that extends the connection capacity of GSM users, guaranteeing a continual and reliable coverage, including the seas and oceans (70 percent of the planet). Oceancell is a satellite service in which the development is centred around the individual, allowing permanent access to the information highway. Oceancell will be commercialized worldwide by Geolink to ship and cruise liner owners. This market has known dynamic growth (plus eight percent per year in the USA, plus 10 percent in Europe) representing 150 ships world-wide with 6.5 million passengers (1999 figures).

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