The country’s first maritime Internet service using satellite technology, the Marino Internet allows seafarers to access a portal where they can surf for online news and information and access social networking sites while at the middle of the sea.
“As the undisputed leader in mobile services, Smart takes the lead in utilizing the latest technologies that will allow Filipinos to participate in this shared national experience of rallying behind Pacquiao in the biggest fight of his life,” said Smart Head of Global Access Tina Z. Mariano.
“With Marino Internet, Pinoy seafarers can now easily access news sites and get web updates on events of national importance even while onboard their vessels.”
In deploying the Marino Internet service, Smart equips vessels with a satellite antenna, modem and router. On-board seafarers may tap satellite Internet connectivity on their desktop or laptop through a portal that features the latest compression technologies for efficient data transmission.
Smart offers the new service under its strategic deal with world-leading mobile satellite services provider Thuraya Telecommunications Company, whose coverage includes two-thirds of the world or around 160 countries in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and the Middle East, including major maritime trade routes in the Indian Ocean, North and South Asia and Australasia.
Seafarers may connect to Marino Internet at USD 1.49 per MB. They may also use it to make calls for as low as USD0.40 per minute and text their loved ones for as low as USD 0.11 per message.
“With over a decade of serving the communication needs of the maritime industry, Smart knows how important it is for Pinoy seafarers to keep abreast with what’s happening to their family and their country. Marino Internet allows them to do just that,” said Mariano.
With its call, text and data services for seafarers, Smart is the only wireless communications service provider in the country that has the capability and experience to fully serve the needs of the maritime industry.
In 2014, there were about 363,000 Filipino seafarers deployed across the world, comprising 35 percent of the global seafaring workforce, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.
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