Iridium adds 6 more Iridium Certus distributors

Tuesday 13 March 2018 | 17:59 CET | News
Iridium Communications announced six new companies were selected to deliver its Certus satellite broadband platform for land-mobile applications, taking the total number of distributors to 12. This group of service providers includes Globalsat, IEC Telecom, Marlink, McQ, Pivotel and Tesam Argentina (Tesacom). Together, these companies further expand the footprint for Iridium Certus land-mobile services. Designed to meet the needs of the 'connected ship,' Iridium Certus is planned for commercial availability in mid-2018.

The Iridium Certus platform will integrate with the Thales MissionLink terminal which is already undergoing live testing. The terminal will debut at speeds of 352 kbps, later upgradable to 704 kbps through a firmware update, the company said in a press release.

The initial distributors include Applied Satellite Technology (AST), Arion Communication, Kaigai Communication, MVS USA, Network Innovations and Spacenet. Iridium said it plans to announce additional service providers in the coming weeks.

Iridium Certus is enabled by the Iridium Next satellite constellation, which is in the process of replacing the original Iridium network. To date, there have been four successful Iridium Next launches, deploying more than half of the new constellation. Four additional launches are planned for 2018.

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