On the high seas, MCP’s CellatSea offers owners, guests, officers and crew the ability to make and receive calls, SMS messages and GPRS data at very affordable prices, wherever they are on the world’s oceans. They can do so using their own personal mobile handsets anywhere in world when under VSAT coverage. Our eCell@Sea system combines the CellatSea Compact architecture with the leading MCP Maritime Communications Partner's GSM service.
The CellatSea Compact solution creates an onboard wireless network ‘at the end of the satellite link’ and mobile phones onboard are brought back into the international mobile communications network. Voice & SMS will enable real-time, two-way communication for everyone on board. This has a significant impact on quality of life onboard, particularly for merchant seafarers who are spending more and more time at sea as a result of new security procedures and enabling owners and guest on yachts to never be out of touch so as not to miss that important business deal.
The CellatSea Compact base station is used to turn the vessel into a GSM cell. However, it will not work without an airtime service provider that will provide the service on the CellatSea equipment. There are only a few service providers with a wide range of bi lateral roaming agreements in place. It is very important to select a service provider that has a bi lateral roaming agreement with the GSM service providers required. The third element required is a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) that extends the GSM coverage throughout below decks so that GSM cell phones can be used freely below decks.