Cobham introduces VSAT antenna with electronic Ku-Ka band switching – Digital Ship

Cobham Satcom has introduced Sea Tel 1500, a 1.5-meter dual-band, multi-orbit VSAT antenna solution.

Available in single Ku- or Ka-band, or as two antennas in one dual Ku-Ka-band configuration, the Sea Tel 1500 antenna system enables vessels to switch from Ku- to Ka-band in one click, ensuring that they benefit from the best available satellite offering to optimize their operational expenses and ensure always-on connectivity.

As a 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 upcoming non-geosynchronous satellite constellations, such as LEO, MEO and HEO.

In order to optimize vessel and business operations using the large pool of digital services and opportunities available today, Sea Tel 1500 VSAT unlocks gains in network, service flexibility and reliability offering customers high performing antenna and network. It is an easy-to-manage end-to-end satcom antenna solution that optimizes total cost of ownership and enhances 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. As 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 vessel’s 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. 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,” said Peter Kiær, senior vice president. Maritime at Cobham Satcom.

The first delivery of Sea Tel 1500 Ku-Ka dual band VSAT antennas is expected during Q4 2022.

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