SAILOR and Sea Tel VSAT antennas deliver high uplink throughput during Intelsat 33e testing by service provider Marlink
Nor-Shipping 2017, Oslo - Cobham SATCOM's
SAILOR and Sea Tel antennas have been used by one the world's
leading maritime VSAT service providers, Marlink, to test the upper
limits of throughput on the new Intelsat 33e (IS-33e) satellite.
The testing at Marlink's Eik teleport included Cobham SATCOM's Sea
Tel 9711 IMA , Sea Tel 6012 VSAT and SAILOR 900 VSAT High Power
systems, all of which demonstrated high throughput
IS-33e is the third of seven new High Throughput Satellites
(HTS) that power Intelsat's next generation EpicNG
network, an exciting new platform for very high-speed maritime
broadband. The purpose of Marlink's IS-33e testing was to verify
throughput for diverse maritime antennas from major manufacturers
on the latest EpicNG satellite, which is located at 60°
East, providing seamless spot beam coverage between Asia and
EpicNG is a key component of Marlink's multi-band
global Sealink network, which seamlessly combines multiple
communication carriers to provide the best available link based on
pre-defined parameters set and managed by the customer. Marlink's
technology agnostic portfolio leverages the power of the leading
satellite networks and on board hardware, including Cobham SATCOM
SAILOR and Sea Tel antennas, to provide flexible, reliable services
Marlink's antenna testing supports its ability to deliver high
availability of service globally by providing valuable insight into
the capabilities of the antennas it installs on customer vessels.
For IS-33e, the goal was to ascertain maximum throughput levels on
different size antennas over a HTS.
"Antenna testing is an important part of our overall service
delivery, as it helps to ensure we can provide the best quality
service with the highest uptime for our customers," said Tore
Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink. "Marlink offers a
technology agnostic approach to service and hardware provision, and
working closely with antenna manufacturers like Cobham SATCOM
supports our ability to deliver the level of service our customers
Cobham SATCOM's innovative scientific approach to antenna design
results in the high performance recorded during Marlink's testing.
During development, SAILOR antennas are tested using real ship
motion data in the world's first Advanced Dynamic Simulator for
antennas. Supported by live testing in the North Sea, this
scientific approach to product development provides the confidence
that SAILOR antennas will deliver the highest speeds and
availability of service.
"SAILOR and Sea Tel antennas are designed to deliver optimal
performance on the uplink and downlink, providing service providers
like Marlink with a tool to support their delivery of high-speed
and reliable connectivity," said Jens Ewerling, Director,
Maritime Broadband. "Marlink's tests show that Cobham antennas
can deliver the full potential of new HTS services, helping vessels
and fleets to digitalise operations for more safety and
About Cobham SATCOM
Providing dependable communications and internet access
anywhere under the most demanding conditions.
Our satellite and radio communication terminals perform in the
most challenging and remote environments on land, at sea and in the
We design and manufacture these high performance products under
the AVIATOR, EXPLORER, SAILOR and Sea Tel brands providing
customers with outstanding performance, value and support through
our global sales and service network.
The most important thing we build is trust.
Cobham is a leading global technology and services innovator,
respected for providing solutions to the most challenging problems,
from deep space to the depths of the ocean.
We employ around 11,000 people on five continents, and have
customers and partners in over 100 countries, with market leading
positions in: wireless, audio, video and data communications,
including satellite communications; defence electronics; air-to-air
refuelling; aviation services; life support and mission
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