Fjord Line is to continue its strategic partnership with Telenor Maritime.
An agreement between the parties was extended for five years and covers the whole of Fjord Line’s fleet.
Speed is a strong competitive factor in the ferry business, as it is in the telecommunications industry. When Fjord Line introduces its new catamaran ‘FSTR’ into the route between Kristiansand and Hirtshals, Telenor Maritime will deliver 3G/4G mobile systems.
She is fitted with high quality communications technology, ensuring all users a fast and reliable mobile connectivity. Telenor Maritime’s solutions provide passengers and crew with the same opportunities and user experience at sea as expected on land, the company claimed.
Though the cost of maritime mobile usage has received a lot of negative media attention in the past, roaming prices were sharply reduced in recent years. Most of the Nordic countries’ major mobile operators offer maritime roaming packages with complete control on cost and usage, resulting in control and cost predictability for the customers, the company said.
“In a period of pandemic and major challenges for the ferry and cruise line companies, we greatly appreciate that our customers choose to continue their co-operation with Telenor Maritime as a partner and provider of connectivity and digital services towards the green shift,” said Lars Erik Lunøe Telenor Maritime CEO.
“The last in a line of renewed contracts is Fjord Line, which we have had a relationship with since 2007. We thank you for the renewed trust, at the same time as we congratulate you on the new ship. We are happy and proud of every partnership agreement that is extended. It is a confirmation that a relationship is good and sustainable for both parties, and it gives us an opportunity to deliver an even higher quality of service in the future,” he said.
“In 2021, Fjord Line’s brand new high-speed catamaran ‘Fjord FSTR’ will be put into service between Kristiansand and Hirt- shals. Telenor Maritime will equip the vessel with world class mobile technology to the delight of passengers and crew,” said Roald Rossnes, Fjord Line CDO.
“FSTR means faster. The ship will carry passengers across the Skagerrak comfortably at high speed, with a reliable and world-class mobile coverage providing fast 3G/4G mobile broadband connections for our passengers. With this new ship, Fjord Line consolidates its leading role in the transition to the low-emission society and the maritime green shift,” he claimed.