Indoor Coverage on the High Seas

Greece with more than 1,400 islands operates highly frequented ferry services, carrying millions of people every year. There is sometimes plenty of time for passengers to use mobile services on their smartphones and tablets and that’s a quite challenging fact for data usage Kathrein technology provided a solution for.


Cosmote, Vodafone Greece and WIND are among the biggest competitors when it comes to vying for Greek mobile phone customers. In order to secure their market position, they decided to benefit customers by improving the quality of mobile coverage on board the countless passenger ships that run between the Greek islands. Kathrein sales partner Mortek was assigned to implement this challenging project. The expertise of this partner enabled passenger ships to be fitted with passive DAS installations.

Kathrein solution

Kathrein sales partner Mortek offered service-oriented DAS expertise as well as specialist know-how relating to the installation of DAS on board ships. The clients were particularly impressed with the high quality of the Kathrein indoor hardware. Mortek provided mobile coverage inside the ships by installing a dual band repeater, donor antennas and the distributed antenna system (DAS). Each DAS scenario was planned individually, depending on how much capacity is required. The various decks were provided with the required mobile network capacity by means of Kathrein splitters and tappers. A donor antenna, 15 hubs and 10 splitters and tappers were installed on each passenger ferry.


Mortek has installed passive DAS systems in more than a hundred passenger ships all over Greece to date. This clever full-service solution entirely from a single source has enabled three mobile network providers to significantly enhance their competitiveness: from now on they are able to offer their end customers top-class reception all over the ships. In view of the straightforward and expertly executed installation processes and the reduction in administrative work, this is clearly a win-win situation for everyone involved.