Intellian has received approval for a series of next-generation VSAT antennas and is developing terminal technology for a new satellite constellation
The South Korean-headquartered manufacturer was granted consent from the Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency, Anatel, to use its hardware in the Brazilian offshore energy industry.
This approval covers 2.4-m diameter antennas v240MT 2, v240M 2, v240M and its 1.5-m v150NX VSAT.
It enables offshore platforms, drilling rigs, accommodation vessels and support ships to use Intellian VSAT for broadband connectivity and telecommunications in Brazil.
Intellian v240MT 2 antenna combines C, Ku and Ka band communications on a single reflector, enabling automatic switching between all three bands. It can be used with geostationary orbit and medium Earth orbit satellites.
Its v240M 2 and v240M antennas do the same for the C and Ku bands. Intellian’s v150NX antenna works across multiple orbits and can operated on Ku-band or Ka-band.
According to Brazilian Regulations (Federal Law 9472/97), telecommunications products sold and used in Brazil must have a Certificate of Conformity issued by Anatel.
Anatel’s approval covers a range of block up-converters, enabling operators to tailor their antennas’ output power and hence their uplink bandwidth.
These approvals follow Intellian’s work to develop a new series of terminals for one of the first commercial global low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellations.
Intellian is producing a wide range of dedicated user terminals for OneWeb’s services. These will be available later in 2021 for Ku-band coverage initially over the UK, Alaska, Canada, northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland and the Arctic seas.
Both companies had a partnership in 2019 to develop these terminals, but this was postponed when OneWeb entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Q1 2020.
After a restructuring and new ownership, including a stake owned by the UK Government, OneWeb re-emerged in Q4 2020 to continue building its constellation.
In December 2020, Intellian started producing commercial terminals for maritime and enterprise markets. These terminals are designed to facilitate services and suit different applications and requirements across various sectors. In maritime this includes merchant shipping, offshore oil and gas exploration and production, support vessels, leisure and fishing.
OneWeb chief of delivery and operations Michele Franci said terminal production will enable broadband connectivity over LEO satellites from 2021.
“Together we will fulfil the needs of our customers, who are looking for an improved global service with high speed, lower latency and a terminal that will deliver all this with simple installation,” said Mr Franci.
OneWeb is building its network through multiple satellite launches. It plans to initially operate a network of 648 satellites operating on the Ku-band. By November 2020, it had 74 already in orbit. Another 36 satellites were launched from the Vostochny spaceport in Russia in December.
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