Cobham SATCOM has unveiled the SAILOR 4300, a Broadband Core Transceiver (BCX) type terminal and its first Iridium Certus Connected terminal at Nor-Shipping 2017 in Oslo. As per senior vice president of Cobham SATCOM, Casper Jensen, it is an expansion on Cobham SATCOM’s L-band antenna portfolio and intended to act as a complement to SAILOR VSAT antennas and designed specifically for use with the Iridium Certus, a new portfolio of global satellite services for maritime communications offered by Iridium NEXT due to go live in 2018.
“Onboard terminals are a critical aspect of Iridium Certus services, and based on experience, we are confident that Cobham SATCOM’s SAILOR 4300 will provide the quality our customers need to experience reliable, high-speed connectivity worldwide,” says vice-president and general manager maritime of Iridium, Wouter Deknopper.
While able to offer a reliable link over the Iridium NEXT satellite network with speeds suitable for data-heavy applications—such as videoconferencing, multi-user Internet/ VPN, IoT, and telemedicine—alongside regular usage including email, electronic forms/ reporting and crew communication, the SAILOR 4300 as a standalone terminal has also been designed to easily integrate with onboard communication networks. Thanks to its VSAT integrator ‘smart box,’ it appears effective for VSAT service providers looking to provide a cost-effective, high-speed secondary communications channel.
With customer shipments expected to begin by the end of 2017, Cobham SATCOM’s new Iridium Certus Connected terminal will be among the first available for operation on the Iridium NEXT constellation and promises high bandwidth connectivity as a primary channel or as an integral part of multi-band communication networks.