Intelsat has released a smaller 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 45-centimetre antennas are small enough to hand carry aboard vessels and easy to install. They 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.
The new Intelsat maritime mobility solution enabled by the 45-cm antenna is ideal for fishing, leisure, tugs and other workboats, as well as smaller or coastal merchant ships looking for fast, affordable and reliable broadband connectivity.
“Our new 45-cm antenna class on FlexMaritime is a new, highly innovative offering in the maritime market,” says Intelsat Director of Maritime Products Shane Rossbacher. “By combining new 45-cm 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.”
45-cm 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.
“With Intelsat’s new FlexMaritime 45-cm 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,” adds Rossbacher.
Intelsat partners have tested extensively over the last year using the new 45-cm antenna platforms; the KNS C4 qualified in January 2020, and the Intellian V45C qualified in January 2021.
Additionally, extensive sea trials were conducted earlier this year onboard the Esvagt Innovator, an emergency response and rescue vehicle, with the 45-cm service delivering the consistent and dependable performance that Intelsat’s FlexMaritime service is known for.
“We conducted extensive testing and sea trials of FlexMaritime’s 45-cm 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,” says Kim Martinsen, CEO and Co-Founder of Seasat A/S, a Flex45 beta launch solution partner.
“This is a great application,” continues Martinsen. “Our compact and lightweight antenna is easy to install, and the flexibility of Intelsat’s service allows end customers to quickly and easily dial bandwidth up or down to meet their real-time needs.”
Maritime solutions providers can purchase Intelsat-qualified 45-cm 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 A/S 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.
The addition of the 45-cm terminal represents the third terminal class for Intelsat FlexMaritime services, adding to Intelsat’s existing 60-cm and one-metre antenna service offerings.