As the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show kicks off for its first day, MTN, superyacht communications service provider, has announced a surge in growth.

It has reported that demand for additional bandwidth on the MTN network has increased by 61 per cent in the past year, as a result of planned activity in highly-trafficked regions, notably during the summer Mediterranean season and the winter's Caribbean and South Pacific season.

Elaborating on the reason behind the company's growth, Derik Wagner, MTN's managing director of yacht services, said: "An important distinction between MTN and others is we own and operate our own global infrastructure. This is a unique position that sets MTN apart from the rest, who deliver service through virtual networks, leasing services or reselling multiple networks as one. MTN has total control over its network and service. We are able to deliver on seasonability demands and flexible terms of service, building strong customer relationships. Our mix is essential to delivery the best communications solution to the yacht market."


Derik Wagner, managing director of yacht services, MTN

In another move that has strengthened MTN's position in the market, Wagner has recently joined the boards of the US Superyacht Association (USSA) and the international Superyacht Society (ISS). "He … brings a unique perspective as a customer of maritime connectivity services himself," said John Mann, chairman of the USSA, about Wagner's appointment.

MTN will be at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, at booth 632 in the Yachting Tent, and will be providing complimentary WiFi to captains and crew at the Island Global Yachting (IGY) Club Lounge.

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