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Intelsat launches 45cm antenna class

The 45cm terminals from Intellian and KNS are now qualified on the Intelsat FlexMaritime network The 45cm terminals from Intellian and KNS are now qualified on the Intelsat FlexMaritime network

Intelsat has launched a small (45cm) antenna class for its FlexMaritime service that will bring a new level of broadband connectivity performance and affordability to leisure, fishing and light-commercial maritime vessels around the world.

The small size of the antenna means that it is easy to install and can be carried onboard by hand. The antennas are also easy to connect to the Intelsat FlexMaritime network, which provides fast data speeds of up to 6 x 2 megabits per second (Mbps), enabling everything from accessing real-time online weather forecasts to livestreaming the “catch-of-the-day” on social media.

45cm terminals from KNS and Intellian are qualified on the Intelsat FlexMaritime network. They come with a choice of separate or integrated Antenna Control Unit (ACU) and a modem powered by ST Engineering iDirect. Connectivity is provided by the high-performance Intelsat FlexMaritime network, which delivers unparalleled, multi-layered global coverage through more than 140 satellite beams.

“Our new 45cm antenna class on FlexMaritime is a new, highly innovative offering in the maritime market,” said intelsat director of maritime products Shane Rossbacher. “By combining new 45cm antenna technology with the FlexMaritime global HTS satellite network, we have enabled smaller commercial and recreational vessels to easily, and affordably, access the same great connectivity using a smaller and cost-effective antenna form factor.”

“With Intelsat’s new FlexMaritime 45cm antenna class, users will experience unmatched performance with ubiquitous coverage wherever they go, enabling even more vessels around the world to take advantage of the high-throughput capabilities of Intelsat’s global network,” he added.

Over the last year, Intelsat has completed extensive testing of the new 45cm service with its beta partner KNS, which included fine tuning design and algorithms to meet the FlexMaritime requirements. Extensive sea trials were also conducted earlier this year onboard the Esvagt Innovator, an emergency response and rescue vehicle, with the 45cm service delivering consistent and dependable performance.

“We conducted extensive testing and sea trials of FlexMaritime’s 45cm service using the KNS C4 antenna, with the service consistently meeting or exceeding our performance expectations; in fact, during testing, our crew stayed connected during some very harsh sea conditions,” said Kim Martinsen, CEO and co-founder of Seasat A/S, a Flex45 beta launch solution partner.

Maritime solution providers can purchase Intelsat-qualified 45cm terminals directly from KNS or Intellian, or from their distribution partners.

Intelsat FlexMaritime services are offered exclusively through Intelsat’s network of FlexMaritime solutions partners, including Flex45 beta launch partners Seasat and World-Link Communications.

Intelsat FlexMaritime services are available in user-friendly month-to-month or annual service agreements. Wholesale, end-terminal package models come with a choice of monthly, gigabyte volume-based plans and no long-term usage commitments. In addition, Intelsat’s Service Management Portal gives solutions partners full visibility and control over their end-user packages.

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