Iridium Certus and GMDSS approved in Japan

Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) has approved the regulatory amendments necessary for adoption of Iridium’s Certus broadband and Global Maritime Distress and Safety System service (GMDSS) products, allowing Japanese flagged ships and other customers to use the services.

The Iridium Certus service began in January 2019, however it was previously unavailable in Japan due to ongoing regulatory amendments. The MIC published the amendments in the government Gazette in late 2020, paving the way for partners to now obtain equipment certifications for their Iridium products.

Iridium Certus is available using terminals from Cobham SATCOM, Intellian and Thales via service providers Arion Japan, KDDI, KVH, Kyoritsu Radio Service, Marlink and Satcom Global. 

The MIC’s official approval of regulatory amendments for Iridium GMDSS were both issued in early 2021. Iridium’s GMDSS service formally launched in late 2020 and combines Distress Alert, Safety Voice, and Maritime Safety Information (MSI) in one terminal, the Lars Thrane LT-3100S. Service is available in Japan from Arion Japan, Marlink and Satcom Global.

“We are proud that Iridium completed the process for approval of the regulatory amendments by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications after rigorous examination. Delivered through our resilient satellite network, Iridium services can keep customers in Japan safe and connected,” said Bryan Hartin, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Iridium.

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