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Cruise ships may soon offer faster Internet connections than the airlines

Excerpt from USA Today

Nov 21, 2012 9:30 am

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Granted this is isn’t very difficult to do, but the main Wi-Fi provider is tweaking technology to improve speed as even leisure travelers have grown to expect access on the sea.

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Is the era of super-slow Internet on cruise ships finally coming to an end? The communications company behind the Internet service on many of the world’s cruise vessels today announced an ambitious plan to increase connection speeds to levels many times faster than they are today.

MTN Satellite Communications says its new MTN Nexus network will be fast enough to allow cruisers to stream video and quickly post vacation photos at online sites such as Facebook and Tumbler — activities that can be difficult from ships at today’s connection speeds.

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