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Iridium Certus 200 launches in maritime market

The Iridium Certus 200 L-band broadband service is now commercially available for maritime applications.  

Iridium Certus 200 offers transmission speeds up to 176 Kbps and up to three high-quality voice lines through a small, lightweight and cost-effective antenna. It does not require a large antenna dome, unlike many other L-band broadband services.

The first maritime product available for the Iridium Certus 200 service class is the Thales VesseLINK 200.  In early 2022, the Lars Thrane LT-4200 maritime terminal will be introduced to the market.

Iridium Certus 200 is ideal for leisure yachts, fishing vessels, autonomous watercraft, and all manner of workboats such as tugboats, ferries, dredgers, and patrol boats. The service can cost effectively support a variety of connected ship applications including vessel monitoring systems (VMS), IoT and sensor data collection and transmission, and supports ship business applications like web browsing, email, voice calling and chat functions.

Iridium Certus 200 is suitable for primary vessel communications, can serve as a VSAT companion solution and has been designed for future GMDSS service capability. The small form-factor, lightweight equipment has no moving parts, ensuring easy installation, low-maintenance and reliability, giving mariners affordability of both service and equipment.

"Iridium Certus is a powerful connectivity platform, providing the flexibility for our partners to develop specialized terminals that enhance different capabilities across all industries," said Bryan Hartin, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Iridium. "Iridium Certus 200 fills an important gap in our broadband portfolio, offering a more affordable product and service class, with reliable connectivity that will expand to more markets."

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