Intellian introduces 704kbps Iridium antenna

Intellian has introduced its C700 Iridium Certus maritime terminal, offering 704kbps download speeds and 352kbps upload speeds by default over the Iridium Certus L-band satellite network.

The C700 solid-state antenna uses 12-patch phased array antenna technology to connect with the Iridium network and can support three phone lines simultaneously in addition to its data communication capabilities.

The unit is expected to be used both as a primary communication antenna or as a companion to a VSAT system. For primary communications, the 1.2kg Below Deck Unit (BDU) incorporates features including a firewall, IP PBX, WAN port and built-in Wi-Fi.

The BDU is available as a standalone bulkhead mount system or a 19” rack-mount version and the system can be commissioned using Intellian’s built-in AptusLX software.

“Many vessel owners and operators may decide against VSAT for budgetary reasons, lack of deck space or the absence of adequate coverage on their voyage routes, so Iridium Certus is ideal as a primary means of communication, supported by the ease of upgrading to the C700 from an existing system,” said Wouter Deknopper, Vice President and General Manager of Maritime, Iridium.

“Iridium Certus also excels as a VSAT companion, combining the benefits of LEO with GEO, and L-band with Ku-band. VSAT can suffer from certain degradations and also isn’t global.”

“That’s where you need a strong hybrid system, and Intellian of course is a highly respected manufacturer of maritime VSAT antennas and the new C700, so it is in a strong position to offer a very competitive turnkey hybrid package on the market. The flexibility of the airtime packages Iridium and our partners offer for Intellian customers is also an essential consideration in such uncertain times for the shipping industry and beyond.”

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