Cobham Satcom is adding what it describes as first-to-market innovation and versatility to its proven, industry-standard Sea Tel technology with the introduction of Sea Tel 1500, a 1.5-meter dual-band, multi-orbit VSAT antenna solution.
Available in single Ku- or Ka-band, or as a ‘two antennas in one’ dual Ku-Ka-band configuration, the Sea Tel 1500 is a cutting-edge antenna system enabling vessels to seamlessly switch from Ku- to Ka-band in a simple click, ensuring that they benefit from the best available satellite offering to optimize their operational expenses and ensure always-on connectivity.
In a world of communication technology transition marked by the emergence of new satellite constellations, what the cruise, offshore energy, government, and superyacht sectors really require is the flexibility to take advantage of the most reliable, highest performing satellite communication the future may bring. As a future-ready multi-orbit satcom solution, Sea Tel 1500 allows vessels to use their antennas within multiple satellite operator networks thanks to its ability to switch to different frequencies and networks on forthcoming non-geosynchronous satellite constellations, such as LEO, MEO and HEO.
In order to optimise vessel and business operations using the large pool of digital services and opportunities available today, Sea Tel 1500 VSAT unlocks significant gains in network, service flexibility and reliability offering customers the highest performing antenna and network. It is an easy-to-manage end-to-end satcom antenna solution that optimises Total Cost of Ownership and provides ultimate performance for vessels demanding high bandwidth for business-critical applications.
Sea Tel 1500 is the first 1.5-meter maritime VSAT antenna to provide electronic Ku-Ka band switching without manual intervention, positioning it as a unique platform for dependable connectivity using established and forthcoming Ku-band services as well as high power Ka-band services. Because Sea Tel 1500 provides Ku-band operation on current GEO services in locations where Ka-band services are not available, it ensures full operational continuity regardless of a vessels’ navigation route.
“With the introduction of unique push-button electronic switching between Ka- and Ku-band, the new Sea Tel 1500 VSAT is effectively a two-in-one antenna designed to ensure full business continuity as a vessel transits between different regions and satcom services,” said Peter Kiær, Senior Vice President, Maritime at Cobham Satcom. “We are delighted to bring this flexibility to our customers looking to combine Ku-band coverage with high power regional Ka-band services, while optimizing lifetime costs and simplifying operations, all in a compact footprint.”
First delivery of Sea Tel 1500 Ku-Ka Dual Band VSAT Antennas is expected during Q4 2022.