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October 19, 2010

Paul Gauguin Cruises, MTN Bring Connectivity to the Sea

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Paul Gauguin Cruises and MTN Satellite Communications (MTN (News - Alert)) have joined forces to deliver live network TV programming to Paul Gauguin’s luxury cruise ship sailing in the South Pacific, the M/S Paul Gauguin.

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MTN is the global provider of communications, connectivity and content services to remote locations around the world. It is providing the MTN Worldwide TV telecasts, and a full range of satellite communication services for the ship's passengers and crew.

Those aboard can enjoy facilities such as WiFi (News - Alert) Internet connections, daily newspaper downloads and crew calling programs.

MTN Worldwide TV was introduced in February and it delivers programming content from major networks such as BBC World News, CNBC, E! Entertainment Television, Fox News, MSNBC, Sky News and Sky Sports News via satellite to ships at sea worldwide.

Diane Moore, executive vice president of Paul Gauguin Cruises, said in a press release that guests can leverage MTN Worldwide TV to access their favorite news, sports and entertainment programs while cruising thousands of miles from home.

The M/S Paul Gauguin can accommodate 332 guests with a staff of 215, and is one of the top Exclusive Charter and Incentive Group venues in the industry. The ship caters to a high-level specialized passenger base and Moore pointed out that it's important for them to offer all the comforts of a land-based luxury resort, including live television broadcasts and fast WiFi Internet connections.

According to Brent Horwitz, senior vice president of MTN cruise and ferry services, Paul Gauguin Cruises is the eighth cruise line to sign up for its highly successful MTN Worldwide TV service.

Noting the huge success of this program, Horwitz said that they now have over 40 ships with a total of more than 35,000 passenger cabins receiving its satellite TV broadcasts.


Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard