Iridium Communications has commercially launched its Certus maritime broadband service after completing its second-generation global satellite constellation.
Iridium Certus delivers L-band broadband at sea to maritime sectors worldwide through a constellation of 66 low Earth orbit satellites.
This can be deployed for two-way remote communications, voice services and internet connectivity for crew welfare and operational requirements.
It can also be used for internet of things applications and critical communications for first responders and search and rescue organisations.
Iridium announced the commercial launch after completing beta testing of the L-band service on ships during 2018.
“Adoption of this new service by our partners has already begun,” Iridium chief executive Matt Desch said. Maritime terminals for Certus have been developed by Cobham Satcom and Thales.
German shipping group Briese Schiffahrts is the first to use the commercial service with a terminal on board ship Petkum, said IT manager Holger Börchers.
Iridium expects revenues from Certus will reach US$100M during 2021.