shipznet adds prepaid GSM option and user SIM functionality

Maritime GSM connectivity provider shipznet has added a new prepaid offering on its MC 300 system, and introduced the ability for users to deploy their own SIM cards with the onboard equipment.

The MC 300 hardware, comprising of a radome antenna and router, works up to 60km offshore and allows speeds up to 300 Mbit/sec on 4G/LTE connections. The unit has six SIM slots, where customers can also add their own SIM cards where required.

“In case new or temporary routes occur unexpectedly to countries which are not covered or blacklisted by own SIM cards, the new shipznet MC 300 prepaid service comes into play,” the company said, in a statement.

“If SIM cards are expired, purchase of SIM cards for the current country is difficult, if a SIM is blocked, stolen, lost or when data tariffs are used up, shipznet MC 300 is the first choice.”

“Booking extra data packages in the desired areas according to requirements is absolutely easy. Choose the data volume, the necessary countries and pay per use. With shipznet MC 300 there is no need to seek for local prepaid card providers.”

The system can be supplemented by shipznet’s SP 12 add-on support package, which extends the standard warranty period of one year by another 12 months and includes troubleshooting of SIM card issues or problems with operator settings.

This add-on also enables hotspot functionality, firmware updates and usage of shipznet web services for bandwidth monitoring and data usage control as part of the package.

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