MTN Communications and Carnival Corporation have entered into a new agreement under which MTN will provide Internet services for Carnival’s guests and crew. In particular, several Carnival brands — including Princess Cruises, Cunard and P&O Cruises in the U.K. — will be covered by MTN.
This deal continues a relationship between the two companies that has lasted more than 20 years now, during which MTN has provided a range of services to Carnival ships. For example, in July 2012, prominent Carnival Corporation brand Carnival Cruise Lines selected VSAT technology from MTN’s Satellite Communications division to provide Internet to the Carnival Breeze cruise ship.
As it so happens, Carnival Cruise Lines VP and CIO Ramon Milan will be speaking at ITEXPO later this month. The session, entitled “CIO Roundtable: Rationalizing the Dataverse — How Big Data is Changing Everything,” will cover the primary obstacles and hurdles CIOs face in the newly data-driven economy. Schedlued for January 28-31 in Miami, Florida, ITEXPO is the world’s leading business technology tradeshow.
“MTN and the Carnival family of brands have partnered for more than 20 years,” said Chris Leber, executive vice president of commercial business development for MTN, in a statement. “Our continued partnership providing MTN value-added services further illustrates how we have evolved to deliver communications-related services to the Carnival family of brands and to help improve the communications experience at sea, including content and Internet options for passengers and crew.”
In addition to Internet services, Carnival has also extended an existing agreement for broadcast television services from MTN Worldwide TV, which provides of a brand range of television content, including news and entertainment, to 50 Carnival ships across the globe. Finally, Carnival Corporation brands operating in Alaskan waters will continue to leverage MTN’s Terrestrial Broadcast Services while in port; this service agreement may even be expanded.