Iridium Launches Second-Gen Broadband Platform [Sea Technology]
(Sea Technology Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Iridium Communications Inc. (McLean, Virginia) launched in February its second-generation maritime broadband platform, Iridium Pilot, which will use the Iridium OpenPort service.
Iridium Pilot has a fixed, electronically steerable, phasedarray antenna that is small, lightweight and designed to maintain connectivity in rough seas. In addition to broadband connectivity, the platform has three independent phone lines that work simultaneously. Data speeds are up to 134 kilobits per second. The Iridium Pilot has a built-in firewall for traffic management and a bulk configuration capability to manage large volumes of units. It comes with a fiveyear limited warranty and will be compatible with Iridium NEXT, a satellite constellation that is scheduled for deployment in 2015.
"We currently see a rapid migration from legacy narrowband services to new-generation broadband solutions in the maritime satellite communications market," said Richard Roithner, senior consultant at Euroconsult. "MSS [mobile satellite services] broadband solutions have seen significant growth over the last two years, increasing at around 1 20 percent per year."
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