Intelsat broadcasts the compact 45 cm antenna class FlexMaritime

45 cm terminals from KNS and Intellian are now qualified for the Intelsat FlexMaritime network (image courtesy of Intelsat).

Small, affordable, and easy-to-install marine terminals provide fast data speeds for inshore fishing, recreational, and recreational vessels

Intelsat today released a smaller class of antennas for its FlexMaritime service that will bring new levels of broadband connection performance and affordability to recreational, fishing and light commercial vessels around the world.

The 45 centimeter antennas are small enough to be carried on board ships and easy to install. They can also be easily connected to the Intelsat FlexMaritime network, which offers fast data speeds of up to 6 x 2 megabits per second (Mbit / s) and everything from access to online weather forecasts in real time to live streaming of the “catch-of- the- “enables. Day ”on social media.

The new Intelsat solution for maritime mobility enabled by the 45cm antenna is ideal for fishing, recreational, tug and other work boats, as well as smaller merchant or coastal vessels looking for a fast, affordable and reliable broadband connection.

“Our new 45 cm antenna class at FlexMaritime is a new, highly innovative offering in the maritime market,” said Shane Rossbacher, Intelsat director for maritime products. “By combining the new 18-inch antenna technology with FlexMaritime’s global HTS satellite network, we have given smaller commercial and recreational vessels easy and inexpensive access to the same great connectivity using a smaller, more affordable antenna form factor.”

45 cm terminals from KNS and Intellian are qualified for the Intelsat FlexMaritime network. They are supplied with a separate or integrated antenna control unit (ACU) and a modem operated by ST Engineering iDirect. Connectivity is ensured by the powerful Intelsat FlexMaritime network, which offers unparalleled, multi-layered global coverage over more than 140 satellite beams.

Intelsat and Seasat A / S tested the new 45 cm Intelsat FlexMaritime service on board the Esvagt Innovator earlier this year (image courtesy of Intelsat).

“With Intelsat’s new 45cm FlexMaritime antenna class, users everywhere can get unmatched performance with ubiquitous coverage, so more ships around the world can take advantage of the high-throughput capabilities of Intelsat’s global network,” added Rossbacher.

Intelsat partners carried out extensive tests with the new 45 cm antenna platforms last year. The KNS C4 qualified in January 2020 and the Intellian V45C in January 2021.

In addition, extensive test drives were carried out earlier this year on board the Esvagt Innovator, an emergency and rescue vehicle. 45cm service delivers the consistent, dependable performance that Intelsat’s FlexMaritime service is known for.

“We carried out extensive tests and test drives of the 45 cm service from FlexMaritime with the KNS C4 antenna, and the service consistently met or exceeded our performance expectations. In fact, our crew stayed connected during the tests in very rough sea conditions, ”said Kim Martinsen, CEO and co-founder of Seasat A / S, a partner in Flex45 beta launch solutions.

“This is a great application,” continued Martinsen. “Our compact and lightweight antenna is easy to install and the flexibility of the Intelsat service allows end customers to quickly and easily select the bandwidth up or down to meet their real-time needs.”

Providers of maritime solutions can purchase Intelsat-qualified 45 cm terminals directly from KNS or Intellian or from their sales partners.

Intelsat FlexMaritime services are only offered through Intelsat’s network of FlexMaritime solution partners, including the beta launch partners of Flex45, Seasat A / S and World-Link Communications.

Intelsat FlexMaritime services are available in easy-to-use monthly or annual service contracts. Wholesale end-terminal package models offer a choice of monthly plans based on gigabyte volume and no long-term usage commitments. In addition, Intelsat solution partners’ Service Management Portal provides complete visibility and control over their end-user packages.

The addition of the 45 cm terminal represents the third class of terminals for Intelsat FlexMaritime services and complements Intelsat’s existing offering for 60 cm and 1 meter antenna services.

Sea News, April 8th

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