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OneWeb partners with global maritime players

OneWeb has partnered with maritime industry players including Cobham and Intellian to bring increased bandwidth connectivity to the shipping industry.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The partnership will enable OneWeb to offer a portfolio of future-proof terminals with a variety of performance levels and sizes to meet the needs of many maritime markets including merchant shipping, offshore, passenger, leisure and commercial fishing. 

According to OneWeb, currently 75 per cent of people are unconnected or lacking consistent connectivity at sea. OneWeb’s new user terminals will be specially designed to provide a secure digital connectivity platform, delivering low latency, high-speed service.

These next-generation LEO user terminals will be developed based on field-proven stabilising antennas delivering ultimate application performance at sea exceeding. These new terminals will optimise installations from faster downloads to better video streaming and the use of cloud.

The antennas will simplify network configurations and provide superior value versus traditional maritime satellite equipment. OneWeb’s connectivity will enable new efficiencies for the maritime industry, providing critical coverage in the polar and Arctic regions, and lower the total cost of ownership.

“Our vision is fully customised maritime broadband services that will meet the needs of all ships and fleets, in any location. We are excited to launch OneWeb to the Maritime Industry alongside a high-quality ecosystem of partners,” said Nicolas Zibell, OneWeb chief commercial officer.{/mprestriction}

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    The v85NX, which is the first 85cm antenna to be certified on the Thor 7 network, will benefit from the same airtime pricing as 1m antennas. As service provision for smaller antennas is usually more expensive owing to their lower gain, this recognises the performance of the v85NX and makes it a competitive choice for customers looking for a compact design with low capital and operational expenditure.

    Offering up to 25 simultaneously active spot beams, the Thor 7 service is designed to provide optimal HTS Ka-band VSAT connectivity across Europe, covering busy shipping lanes in the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Barents Sea, Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Sea.

    Jan Hetland, director, Data Service Division at Telenor Satellite, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Intellian’s v85NX antenna to our leading Thor 7 service. A satellite service providing high-powered performance for maritime applications requires premium hardware, and Intellian’s NX Series systems have a range of attributes which position them at the forefront of antenna technology, reflecting Telenor Satellite’s forward-looking service provision. We look forward to working together in delivering outstanding global communications to our loyal customers.”

    A major advantage of the RF design of NX Series antennas is that dual antennas, often employed to avoid the satellite being obstructed by vessel superstructure, may be easily configured thanks to the mediator built into the ACU. Before, a separate mediator unit was required. The antennas can be easily converted between Ku- and Ka-band by swapping out the centre-mounted RF assembly and feed, and there is also a range of BUC options – 5W and 10W for Ka-band and from 8W to 25W for Ku-band – which are interchangeable with no need to rebalance the system following their installation.

    Eric Sung, Intellian CEO, commented: “This certification from Telenor Satellite, and the competitive price bracket in which Telenor has placed the v85NX, underlines the performance and versatility of our NX Series antennas. New customers can purchase a v85NX antenna pre-configured for Ka-band off the shelf, while users who already own a v85NX antenna on a Ku-band network can easily convert it to Ka-band operation for use with Thor 7. We are delighted to join with Telenor in facilitating flexible, high-speed communications across Europe.”

    NX Series antennas are shipped pre-slung to facilitate installation, and the use of modular components common to the entire antenna range has cut the number of spare parts required by up to 40 per cent. This in turn simplifies maintenance, enhances reliability and brings about further cost savings for end users.

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