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Iridium expands Certus distribution network

Seven additional service providers have signed agreements to provide the Iridium Certus service to the maritime sector, broadening the base of distribution for Iridium’s next-generation L-band service.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The satellite operator has announced that Globecomm, Network Innovations, Pivotel, MVS USA, IEC-Telecom, MetOcean and Samsan Enterprise Company will be added to the Certus distribution network,.

“The addition of this group of world class service providers is a major milestone for the Iridium Certus programme,” said Wouter Deknopper, vice president and general manager of maritime at Iridium.

“These partnerships are a testament to the need for choice in this industry, especially one that meets the needs of every vessel, regardless of location, size and budget. Supporting the global, digital and mobile needs of mariners is at the core of our mission, and it would not be possible without our worldwide partner network and service providers.”

Iridium Certus is currently undergoing live testing on terminals built by Thales and Cobham. The Thales VesseLINK and Cobham SAILOR 4300 terminals have reported data speeds of 352 kbps during testing, which will be the initial service offering speed. That will later be upgradable to 704 kbps with a firmware upgrade, Iridium says.{/mprestriction}

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