Satellite Services

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Intellian Launches Next Gen Tri-band Product

Intellian announced the launch of its next generation tri-band product, the v240MT Gen-II antenna. Developed from the tri-band v240MT,  the new product adds many features, including the ability to operate multiple antennas via its dual data center capability, and enhanced Ku-band performance.The ability to switch between C-, Ku-, and Ka-bands, and between GEO, MEO and LEO orbits, makes the v240MT Gen-II truly vendor agnostic and allows customers to select the best and most economical provider at any time, without hardware modifications. The device is also modem agnostic.

KVH’s high-performance inertial measurement units are being used to aid in performance metrics for American Magic’s AC75 race boat, Defiant. (Photo: KVH)

KVH Named Official Supplier of American Magic

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) has been named an Official Supplier of New York Yacht Club American Magic, a Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup. KVH has installed advanced satellite-based and cellular-based communications equipment for the team’s chase boats in order to facilitate high-speed data transmissions. In addition, KVH is providing high-performance fiber optic gyro (FOG)-based sensors to aid in performance metrics for the team’s race boats.The connectivity equipment KVH installed on American Magic’s chase boats includes: the TracPhone LTE-1…

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KVH Launches New High-speed Maritime Network on Intelsat

KVH Industries announced the launch of its next-generation, advanced maritime broadband network, joined by service partner, Intelsat. Slated for commercial availability next month, KVH’s high-speed overlay to its current mini-VSAT Broadbandsm service is expected to triple, and in some cases increase by a multiple of six, the data speeds for its maritime customers. At the core of its capabilities, KVH’s advanced maritime broadband network will incorporate Intelsat Epic satellite services and the award-winning IntelsatOne Flex platform…

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Broadband Demand

Satellite-based connectivity has always played a critical role for the maritime sector. As the communications expectations of ship owners, passengers and crews continue to grow, maritime service providers are seeing a transformation in the type and quantity of applications that need to be supported at sea. The advent of VSAT broadband services is driving a shift away from traditional, low-level L-band connections that ship operators have relied upon for decades. VSAT services are preferred to respond to the demand for high-speed broadband that can support bandwidth-intensive applications.

SAILOR 900 VSAT High Power System (Image: Cobham SATCOM)

Cobham Upgrades SAILOR 900 VSAT

Cobham SATCOM has developed a new version of its SAILOR 900 Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Ku-band antenna, featuring a new Block Up Converter (BUC). The antenna, designed by Cobham, makes it easier and less costly to ensure high availability of service as there is no need for additional hardware. It also delivers the potential for satcom service providers to deliver higher uplink bandwidths. The 20W BUC in the new SAILOR 900 VSAT High Power antenna ensures reliable operation in warm…

Skytech BB75 dual Ku/Ka-band satellite antenna

MTN Delivers Ultra-High Speed Satellite Solution

Skytech BB75 Antenna Will Enable Service through Both Bands Simultaneously to Meet Expanding Customer Requirements. In a yacht industry first, for delivery of ultra-high speed connectivity and content in the Mediterranean, MTN Communications (MTN) is launching a Ka-band-ready satellite solution. Coupled with the MTN Maestro communications management solution, the company will offer customers the Skytech BB75 dual Ku/Ka-band satellite antenna. Complementing today’s MTN Ku-band service optimized through MTN Maestro…

MTN Conductor

New MTN Conductor Mobile App

MTN Communications (MTN) is once again innovating in the yacht sector with the launch of its “MTN Conductor” mobile app. MTN designed Conductor specifically for customers using its MTN Maestro end-to-end communications and content management solution. The app seamlessly interacts with the Maestro platform so, from a handheld device, electrical technical officers (ETOs) and captains can proactively monitor every aspect of a yacht’s onboard communications. It helps view, align, control and optimize bandwidth throughput and quality of service (QOS)-related factors affecting each end-user group.

Intelsat and SpeedCast Join Forces

New Agreement Brings Market Leading Broadband and Mobility Solutions to the Maritime, Oil & Gas and Enterprise Sectors. Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) has established strategic agreement to provide access to its global C- and Ku-band broadband mobility network to SpeedCast, the leading global satellite communications and maritime service provider. Under the multi-year agreement, Intelsat will provide SpeedCast access to Intelsat’s global C-band and Ku-band satellite capacity as well as to its terrestrially managed network, IntelsatOneSM.

Satcom Global Announces Rebranding

Satellite communications service provider, Satcom Global, has unveiled its new global brand. The new brand represents Satcom Global’s reaffirmed commitment to delivering innovative satellite communications solutions with truly great personalised service. The rebranding comes at a crucial time signifying the union of all of the group’s satellite communications services including those of acquired business AND Group, under one strong, global brand identity. AND Group and Satcom…

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DigiGone Live Streams Bermuda Challenge

As Chris Fertig and Tyson Garvin raced across the Atlantic Ocean setting a new Bermuda Challenge speed record last week, their families, friends, followers and ground support staff were able to watch them on the Internet, thanks to specialized video software and hardware supplied by DigiGone. Fertig and Garvin made the run from New York City to Bermuda in 15 hours and 48 minutes, smashing the old record of 17 hours and six minutes, despite two stops in mid-ocean to replace broken propellers.

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Inmarsat Selected SatCom Provider for Next Volvo Ocean Race

Inmarsat has been selected as official Satellite Communications Partner of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, providing global communications for the fourth consecutive edition. The 2014-15 marathon will be the most digitally connected around-the-world race in history, featuring the first purpose-built, one-design racing boat geared to deliver 24/7 satellite communications to an audience of tens of millions. Inmarsat’s award-winning I-4 global satellite network will be responsible for delivering safety services…

Astrium Extends Agreement with Intelsat

Astrium Services, a global provider of satellite communications-enabled solutions, and Intelsat S.A., a provider of satellite services, signed a multi-year renewal agreement for C-band capacity to be used by Astrium Services' maritime customers in the Mediterranean, Atlantic Ocean, North Sea and Gulf of Mexico. The agreement will enable the new Business Communications unit of Astrium Services to continue meeting the high bandwidth requirements of C-band customized VSAT users, and supports broadband and expanded capabilities in the cruise, ferry and offshore sectors.