Intellian has been announced as the latest antenna manufacturer to introduce a maritime terminal for Iridium’s Certus L-band satcom service, with the new Intellian C700 unit capable of delivering up to 352 kbps upload and 704 kbps download speeds on the low Earth orbit (LEO) network.
“Iridium and Intellian have worked closely together to develop our C700 Iridium Certus antenna, and we are proud to now reveal this product to the world,” said Eric Sung, CEO of Intellian.
“We expect that the new C700 will provide enhanced safety and communications services at sea, delivering added value to our customers.”
Iridium Certus offers global voice and data communications satellite coverage, and is scheduled to begin providing Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) services in early 2020. Maritime Certus terminals had been exclusively available from Cobham and Thales prior to this announcement with Intellian.
“Intellian brings years of world-class engineering, performance and industry leadership to the Iridium Certus product portfolio, and Iridium Certus enables Intellian to create new products without the borders and limitations of other networks,” said Wouter Deknopper, Vice President and General Manager of Maritime, Iridium.
“This is an exciting time to add such a respected industry name to the Iridium partner family, and we look forward to the terminal becoming commercially available in the first half of 2020.”