Norwegian Cruise Line and MTN Pioneer the Highest-Performing Satellite Modem - The iDirect X7 - On a Cruise Ship

Norwegian Breakaway Once Again an Innovator In the Newest Technology at Sea

Jan 13, 2014, 09:00 ET from MTN Communications

MIRAMAR, Fla., Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MTN Communications (MTN) announces its partner, Norwegian Cruise Line (Norwegian), is pioneering the new iDirect X7 high-performance satellite modem on its Norwegian Breakaway ship.  MTN installed the X7 after a six-month test process in its Miramar, Fla. engineering lab.  The modem has dramatically improved the efficiency and throughput of the vessel's communications system, enabling the most cutting-edge Internet service at sea. 


"Norwegian strives to deliver an unparalleled connectivity experience to passengers and crew," said Vincent Cirel, senior vice president and CIO, Norwegian Cruise Line.  "We are excited to partner with MTN to leverage the industry's newest technology.  We were thrilled to be the testbed for the X7.  It has performed extremely well and will be a cornerstone to support the insatiable demand for the high-throughput Internet, TV, voice and app services on our ships."

"MTN knew it could turn to Norwegian Cruise Line, an early technology adopter, for validation of X7 performance," said Dave Bettinger, CTO, iDirect.  "This leading cruise operator drives some of the most demanding broadband requirements for ships at sea, pushing MTN's robust network to the limit.  The X7 is the most advanced satellite modem we have ever developed.  We were very excited to put it to the ultimate test – on a cruise ship with upwards of 6,000 passengers and crew, with thousands of mobile devices."

The X7 is a key component of MTN's strategy to transform communications at sea because it:

  • Enables dramatically more throughput, with speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Delivers unprecedented availability and efficiency through advanced adaptive modulation techniques
  • Enhanced beam switching through faster network acquisition
  • Is optimized for MTN's high-throughput multi spotbeam (HTMS) satellite platform starting in 2015

"MTN has a proud history of partnering with industry trailblazers that challenge us to push the boundaries in maritime communications," said Kevin McCarthy, COO, MTN.  "We are excited that Norwegian and iDirect have joined us in this quest.  As our MTN Nexus™ next-generation hybrid communications ecosystem becomes a reality this year, the X7 will play a critical role.  We will start deploying X7 modems on many vessels for partners, such as Norwegian, that share our passion for, and commitment to, transforming communications at sea." 

About MTN
MTN is the leading global provider of maritime communications and content services.  Since launching the first stabilized satellite antenna for ships at sea in the early 1980s, MTN has been pioneering remote-connectivity technologies that become longstanding solutions.  Today, the company serves most of the world's cruise lines, as well as hundreds of yachts, cargo ships, oil and gas vessels, and military aircraft, ships, vehicles and facilities.  MTN Nexus, the company's next-generation communications ecosystem, is the first hybrid

C-/Ku-band and broadband wireless network that is delivering content with land-like speeds to vessels at sea.  For more information, visit

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