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Intellian completes next generation Global Xpress portfolio with Inmarsat type approval

Intellian’s new GX60NX antenna, now type approved for use on the Inmarsat network. Intellian’s new GX60NX antenna, now type approved for use on the Inmarsat network.

Intellian has launched the latest addition to its next generation GX range of antennas: the GX60NX, designed specifically and now type approved for use with Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band VSAT network.

The 65cm terminal is the smallest in the range and ideally suited to smaller commercial vessels, where space is at a premium but the benefits offered by the latest technology are still required. The new form factor supports customers across all markets, including leisure and fishing.

The Below Deck Terminal (BDT), single cable antenna connection and AptusNX control software are identical to those used for the larger GX100NX, which is already approved. This allows ship management companies and shipowners to benefit from the ability to work with a standard platform across diverse fleets.

Inmarsat’s wholesale channel will benefit from the modem and mediator being built into the BDT, simplifying installation and allowing dual antenna systems to be easily configured with just the addition of a second NX antenna and Antenna Control Unit (ACU).

The GX60NX is 2.5GHz Wideband Ka ready, and the BUC is easily upgraded from 5W to 10W if increased upload performance is required. This flexibility will allow customers to immediately take advantage of future enhancements – including increased coverage and bandwidth afforded by Inmarsat’s rapid network expansion as new satellites are launched – as well as making full use of the market-leading services available today.

Ronald Spithout, president, Inmarsat Maritime, said: “We are delighted that the GX60NX has been type approved and is ready for use for our channel partners with Fleet Xpress. This reinforces our close and innovative partnership with Intellian. We now have more than 9,000 vessels using the service and we are seeing an increase in demand for digital and crew services, which is why we are launching a further seven satellites in the next three years.”

Intellian’s NX Series antennas are designed with ease of installation in mind and come with pre-slung lifting straps in compact shipping crates, have no shipping brackets requiring removal and are terminated externally using a single coaxial cable to carry power, Tx and Rx signals, avoiding the need for the installer to remove the dome.

Intellian’s AptusNX software makes commissioning straightforward via a built-in wizard, and facilitates both remote and local diagnostics with health reports for the antenna systems and sensors.

Eric Sung, CEO of Intellian, commented: “We’re delighted to introduce the GX60NX antenna, completing our GX NX portfolio and bringing the benefits of our future-proof, user-friendly antennas to our valued customers in the small commercial, leisure and fishing markets. The integration of our market-leading technology with Inmarsat’s global network provides a seamless route to connectivity, whatever the needs of your business.”

The GX60NX will be commercially available in August, initially for Inmarsat’s wholesale partners.

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