CapRock & SeaMobile Form Alliance to Offer Wireless Services at Sea

Satellite & Wireless Providers Team to Offer Mobile Phone & Broadband Communications for Cruise Ships & Commercial Maritime

HOUSTON, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ — CapRock Communications, a leading global provider of satellite communications, announced today that it has formed a strategic alliance with Seattle-based SeaMobile Inc. to provide a bundled offering of satellite based broadband communications and mobile wireless services for the cruise line and commercial maritime industries. The joint service will allow customers to walk onboard a ship and use their own mobile phone or wireless device as if they were back on land. The service combines SeaMobile’s carrier class advanced wireless technology with CapRock’s field- proven global satellite network to enable data applications and wireless phone service even while a vessel is at sea.

The combined service offering provides much more than just wireless phone service. It allows cruise lines and ship captains to deliver new applications directly to the customer through a variety of devices like cell phones, wireless PDAs and laptops. Additionally, it enables passengers and crew to benefit from high-speed broadband services for Internet access and e-mail, including secure corporate data applications for PCs, servers and other devices connected to the ship’s onboard wired network.

“SeaMobile is pioneering converged wireless communications in the maritime industry,” said CapRock CEO Peter Shaper. “As we continue to expand in vertical markets like maritime, we look for partners that bring high impact value-added services to the customer. SeaMobile has the technical acumen, industry experience and seasoned management team making them the clear leader in the wireless-at-sea market.”

SeaMobile President and CEO William D. Marks noted, “CapRock’s position as a leader in the remote satellite communications market is invaluable as we tackle one of the last frontiers in wireless — the open seas. This alliance goes far beyond the convenience of wireless phone services on a cruise ship,” continued Marks. “This new service is custom tailored to the unique requirements of ocean going vessels and significantly expands the realm of voice and data applications.”

The CapRock/SeaMobile alliance comes as part of an agreement between the two companies. Financials terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About CapRock Communications

Established in 1981, CapRock Communications is a premier global satellite communications provider for the off-shore energy, maritime, construction, and mining industries, as well as for disaster relief and government applications. The company utilizes the latest field proven satellite technologies to deliver highly reliable managed communication services for broadband networking, real- time video and digital telephony to the world’s harshest and most remote locations. CapRock delivers on its promise to be the market’s reliability leader by leveraging “best of breed” partnerships, technical expertise and a robust self-owned and operated global infrastructure that includes four international teleports and nine regional operation centers across the US, Central & South America, Europe, West Africa, and Asia Pacific. More information about CapRock is available at

About SeaMobile

SeaMobile Inc., founded by some of the world’s top mobile phone and telecommunications executives, delivers new and enhanced wireless voice and data communications services to the global maritime industry. SeaMobile technology enhances the communications experience of anyone at sea by offering vessel-to-shore, shore-to-vessel and intra-vessel voice and short messaging services, as well as WiFi Internet access services. Wireless customers use their own mobile phone or laptop computer just as easily as they do on land. SeaMobile service allows cruise lines and offshore vessels superior communications capabilities to improve operations, productivity and customer service. SeaMobile offers packaged and customized wireless solutions for cruise lines, ferries, yachts, container ships and offshore platforms. The company has offices in Seattle, WA, Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Paris, France. For more information visit .

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