New Iridium Certus Service Providers Added for the Maritime Industry
MCLEAN, Va. — Iridium Communications Inc. announced in a Sept. 7 release that KDDI Corp., Navarino and NSSLGlobal Ltd. are the newest Iridium Certus service providers for the maritime industry. Critical to the enablement of the digitalization of shipping, Iridium Certus will offer a superior L-band satellite broadband connectivity solution, making its service providers invaluable in delivering it to their customers around the world.
With higher speeds, state-of-the-art small-form-factor terminals and competitive pricing options, Iridium Certus will offer a complete communications platform for all mariners and can serve as a primary service or very small aperture terminal (VSAT) companion solution. Together, each Iridium Certus service provider brings its own unique set of value-added qualities to the program.
For instance, as one of the largest connectivity and technology solutions providers in the maritime industry, Navarino brings its expertise and global reach to the Iridium Certus program. This includes a focus on offering both standardized services and comprehensive and customized maritime connectivity solutions.
With a strong presence in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, KDDI will help deliver Iridium Certus to APAC mariners, in additional to its other customers around the world.
Global satellite communications provider NSSLGlobal Ltd., has added Iridium Certus to its extensive portfolio of maritime solutions where the Iridium Certus service will act as a primary L-Band service and a companion to NSSLGlobal’s VSAT IP@SEA service. The combination of the Iridium NEXT network and the NSSLGlobal’s fully owned global VSAT network continues to enable NSSLGlobal to offer its customers truly world-class coverage and services.
“Every service provider is crucial to the success of Iridium Certus,” said Wouter Deknopper, vice president and general manager, Maritime Line of Business at Iridium. “The addition of these three service providers not only ensures a smooth upcoming launch for Iridium Certus but also further validates the interest and broad demand for Iridium Certus in the marketplace.”
Commercial service availability for Iridium Certus is planned for this year. Enabled by Iridium NEXT, the company’s next-generation, $3 billion satellite constellation, Iridium Certus will provide higher-quality voice capabilities, alongside enterprise-grade broadband functionality. To date, there have been seven successful Iridium NEXT launches, deploying 65 new satellites. One launch remains before completion of the company’s constellation refresh.