The Shanghai branch of China Telecom is partnering Adora Cruises to introduce a ‘world first’ 5G-connected cruise ship later this year, reports China Daily. Chen Ranfeng, MD of Adora’s parent CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping, declared: ‘From network layout, satellite communication, to various digital applications, our goal is to deliver seamless multimedia interactions and consistent mobile connectivity for guests and crew … By seizing a first-mover advantage in the cruise industry’s 5G market, we hope to set a new standard for digital communication in the marine travel sector.’ Gong Bo, general manager of Shanghai Telecom, added: ‘Combining 5G and satellite technology, we will focus on network communication, digital high-definition, AR/VR and other content services to further improve our guest experience and jointly promote high-quality development of the tourism economy.’ The first 135,500-gross-ton Adora cruise ship is expected to enter service by end-2023.

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