Convertible antenna from Intellian

Mar 10 2017

Intellian introduced the v65 - a 60 cm class Ku/Ka convertible satellite communications system - at Satellite 2017 held in Washington, DC this week.

The v65 is designed to make access to both Ku- and Ka-band on the same antenna system simple and cost-effective, the company said.

“Conventional antenna technology forces a choice between one frequency or the other. CTOs and CFOs are risk averse by nature and want to avoid being limited in their ability to do what’s best for their business at any given time,” said Matthew Galston, Intellian’s director of strategic marketing. “Our new 65 cm Ku/Ka convertible platform directly addresses this problem.” 

A minimal investment in a compact conversion kit allows the v65 to move between Ku- and Ka-band operation in as little as 10 mins. 
v65 is built upon the same pedestal as Intellian’s GX60 terminal, which is currently deployed on vessels using Inmarsat’s Ka-band Fleet Xpress service.

The introduction of the convertible v65 makes Intellian the world’s only manufacturer to offer both 1 m and 65 cm Ku/Ka convertible antenna systems, the company claimed.

The company’s 1 m platform is also claimed to be the world’s most popular maritime VSAT system, currently in operation across both frequencies, including on Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) network. It is also designed for use on GX in a Ka-band configuration. 

“Looking forward, our entire portfolio of antenna systems will be upgradable to GX, including the 80 cm solution and the larger 1.5 and 2.4 m antennas,” added Eric Sung, President & CEO, Intellian.

“The maritime market’s attention is shifting from finding the lowest available cost for connectivity to finding the best possible technology platform that drives a true digital transformation by using business applications in combination with our Inmarsat Gateway,”said Shane Rossbacher, senior vice president business development,Inmarsat Maritime. “This is what Fleet Xpress is all about, so for Intellian to help create an easy path to our solution is great news.”  

Marlink, another long time Intellian partner, is amongst the first to offer the v65 for use on their 60 cm global Ku-band network. As a key FX value added reseller, the service provider also sees great value in the convertible product.
“Marlink is committed to delivering the best solution for each of our customers, whatever that may be,” said Tore Morten Olsen, Marlink President.“With offerings in both Ku- and Ka-bands, this is an ideal product to provide the kind of flexibility required by any global business.”
Sung added;“Mobility has a lot of interesting and unique challenges. We are consistently at the forefront of solving key market problems. This new development is simply a continuation of that philosophy, which is something we intend to carry with us as we look to invest in other areas of the mobility sector going forward.”  

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