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October 3, 2007 at 11:22 AM

SeaMobile catches big fish

Seattle-based SeaMobile Enterprises, which provides cellphone and other services to cruise ships and other vessels at sea, said today that it won two major contracts with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

SeaMobile said in a release that it has signed a three-year contract to provide satellite services to the entire fleet of NOAA ships around the world as they conduct environmental research and provide expert information on weather data, forecasts, warnings and climate change.

In addition, it was awarded the integration, installation, operations and maintenance of a “terminal system,” capable of HDTV and high-speed data transmissions, for Okeanos Explorer, the new NOAA ship.

Under the contracts, SeaMobile will provide 21 ships with voice and data access while the ships are at sea. It will provide broadband connectivity between the ships and the NOAA headquarters, and NOAA scientists will be able to conduct voice calls, large data transfers and video conferencing while operating in the northern Alaska, Pacific and Atlantic Ocean regions.

The announcement substantially increases SeaMobile’s relationship with NOAA. Previously, it served nine NOAA ships on a month-to-month basis. The new contract covers all ships under a long-term commitment.

SeaMobile is backed by Bellevue-based Ignition Partners, which helped SeaMobile acquire MTN Communications for $168 million in May 2006.

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