Posted: February 14, 2018 5:40 PM

Iridium Selects Certus Global Maritime Launch Partners

McLEAN, Va. — Iridium Communications Inc. has selected Marlink, Speedcast, Applied Satellite Technologies Ltd (AST) and Satcom Global as the initial global maritime launch partners for Iridium Certus, Iridium said in a Feb. 14 release.

The first regional maritime launch partner, Arion, will focus on delivering Iridium Certus to the Asian market. These commitments represent a major milestone for the Iridium Certus program, allowing each company to deliver a new choice in the maritime industry and offer what will soon become the market’s fastest L-band satellite connectivity.

For decades, the maritime industry lacked truly global coverage and had only one real choice for L-band connectivity at sea. This changed with Iridium, and with the introduction of Iridium Certus, a cutting-edge alternative has arrived for mariners. Offering a high-performing, competitively priced solution that features state-of-the-art technology, Iridium Certus is designed to meet the needs of the “connected ship.”

The Iridium Certus launch partners represent the truly global nature of Iridium and will deliver business critical broadband solutions to all key maritime markets. Marlink, a leading global maritime communications, IT and digital solutions provider, is a long-time Iridium partner and will offer Iridium Certus as both a standalone service and as a companion to very small aperture terminals (VSAT).

As a global leader in critical communications in maritime, energy, enterprise, and government, Iridium partner Speedcast brings its many years of expertise to the Iridium Certus family.

With a proven track record in delivering market-leading maritime projects world-wide, The AST Group of companies, one of Iridium’s largest partners, joins the Iridium Certus program as a global launch partner, bringing over 25 years of expertise and innovation to the maritime market.

Satcom Global, a worldwide expert in maritime satellite communications and engineering services, will deliver Iridium Certus to its wide network of customers as a global launch partner. As a valued Iridium partner with more than four decades of experience in the maritime market, Satcom Global will bring its value-added approach to the Iridium Certus rollout.

An Iridium partner since 2015, Arion is a trusted supplier of marine and offshore safety systems and engineering services. Arion brings a strong footprint and expertise in Asian markets and will provide service as a regional Iridium Certus maritime launch partner.

Enabled by the $3 billion Iridium NEXT satellite constellation, Iridium Certus will provide high-definition voice capabilities, alongside enterprise-grade broadband functionality, covering all of the earth’s oceans. This investment leverages the inherent advantages of Iridium’s low-earth orbit satellite constellation, to deliver 100-percent global satellite broadband to the maritime market, catering to the needs of the “connected ship” environment.

Iridium Certus is planned for commercial availability in midyear, and Iridium plans to announce additional maritime service providers in the coming weeks. Iridium NEXT is the company’s next-generation satellite constellation, which will replace its existing network. To date, there have been four successful Iridium NEXT launches, deploying more than half of the new constellation. Four additional launches are planned this year.

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