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Iridium Certus Resource Guide For Seamless Land And Sea Satellite Connectivity

Whether you are a terrestrial traveler needing to stay connected even in Earth’s most remote areas (including the polar regions) or require seamless communication while traveling by sea, Iridium Certus is the satellite solution to give you what you need. 

As the world’s leader in 100% worldwide satellite coverage, the products functioning on the Iridium Certus network give users the functionality they require without compromising speed or reliability.

What is Iridium Certus?

Iridium Certus is a multi-faceted satellite communication platform that offers the highest throughput L-band data connection available. This specialty broadband service is powered by the Iridium NEXT constellation. With its 66 low-earth-orbiting satellites, Iridium Certus brings those requiring unlimited worldwide communication the first ever truly global broadband service. 

This type of direct satellite access gives anyone in a fixed remote location or on the move where cellular connectivity is not an option the peace of mind that there will never be an interruption to staying in contact whether that’s for day-to-day business or pleasure interactions or in the event of an emergency


Benefits of Iridium Certus Broadband Service by Land and Sea

Iridium Certus is for anyone who wants one device that does it all in one powerful communication hub. From a one-person show to large organizations requiring constant collaboration and even top security, Iridium Certus’ high-performing broadband offers everything required to stay connected without the need for multiple devices. 

Services on the Iridium Certus platform include:

  1. Background IP Data
  2. Streaming IP Data
  3. Multiple HD Voice Lines
  4. Video Conferencing
  5. Text Messaging/Group Messaging
  6. Push-to-Talk
  7. Safety Features
  8. Secondary Data Flows

The-on-the-go connectivity, proven reliable service that stands up to the weather, and multi-faceted capability via robust terminals make Iridium Certus the best-in-class choice for any satellite communication you require.

Iridium Certus equipment supports both broadband and midband voice and data. 

Iridium Certus Broadband

Incredibly powerful, Iridium Certus currently boasts speeds up to 704 Kbps, but it will not stop there. This flexible platform is future proof, meaning future service upgrades will be implemented as they become available. For broadband, users choose from solid-state antennas utilizing transceivers that are optimized for speed. Because if it’s not fast, is it even worth it?!

Iridium Certus Midband

For those looking for a more cost-effective option with needs that can be met at lower data speeds, Iridium Certus Midband is also offered. This provides speed capabilities ranging from 22 Kbps – 88 Kbps and utilizes smaller, low-gain antennas with transceivers that are optimized for size, cost, and power. 

Iridium Certus Land and Land Mobile Solutions

Iridium Certus land and land mobile solutions are designed and built by Thales Defense and Security, Inc. This collaboration brings a highly mobile system that flawlessly executes a fast connection whether you are on-the-go or in a fixed land location. 

Though the infrastructure itself is complex, they’ve made user operation incredibly simple. All it takes is a quick set-up, and the Iridium terminal’s solid-state, omni-directional antenna will automatically connect to the closest Iridium satellite when pointed straight to the sky.  And when you get back in cellular range? It will automatically switch between the Iridium network and the local network so you don’t have to lift a finger.

Land Markets Served

Enterprises, government entities, small businesses and individuals can all benefit from what Iridium Certus has to offer when communication is required when off the grid. The true scope of Iridium Certus knows no bounds, but some of the most common land markets served include:

  1. Land Mobile
  2. First Responders
  3. Humanitarian Aid
  4. Military
  5. Oil and Gas
  6. Public Safety
  7. Transportation
  8. Utilities
  9. Media

The capability of Iridium Certus provides allows personnel to continue their jobs without skipping a beat no matter where the work takes them. 

Land Products

The MissionLINK from Thales paired with Iridium Certus provides the perfect land and land mobile solution for satellite connectivity. 

Thales MissionLINK

The take-anywhere compact (yet rugged) design of the Thales MissionLink is just one of the many benefits of choosing this device as your satellite communication platform. Essentially a global hot spot that keeps you connected pole-to-pole, you’ll be amazed at what it can offer. 

Every industry has unique needs and challenges, and the MissionLINK is able to deliver. Adaptable, robust and user-friendly, this system extends communication coverage anywhere on land you may roam.

Features of the Thales MissionLINK:

  1. embedded 802.11 b/g WiFi access point
  2. confidence with “future-proofed” solutions for higher speed services
  3. download speeds of 700 kbps and upload speeds of 352 kbps
  4. Connects up to 12 wireless devices at one time
  5. Three dedicated voice channels
  6. Push-to-Talk Ready
  7. IP67 rated single cable antenna withstands severe weather, as does the ability to continue to operate in extreme cold and hot temperatures
  8. extensive safety features including distress notifications and location tracking

The Iridium Certus and Thales partnership brings an unmatched solution to land satellite internet with the Thales MissionLINK. 

Land Data Plans

Satmodo offers various service plans to meet the unique needs of each customer.

For Certus Land Service Plans, the following monthly service plans are available:

10 MB – 12 Months: $72/month
30 – MB – 3 Months: $117/month
150 MB – 12 Months: $447/month
500 MB – 3 Months: $1250/month

Even if you go over your monthly allotment, you can rest assured there won’t be a break in coverage. Your SIM card can continue to be utilized even if you go beyond your expected data needs. U.S. numbers are available. 

For more popular satellite internet options, consult our Satellite Internet Buyer’s Guide for the Best Satellite Internet. And if you’re looking for something that functions on the open seas, Iridium Certus offers specific maritime solutions. 

Iridium Certus Maritime Solutions

We have an incredible resource devoted to how to obtain satellite internet at sea and the best options available, and we explain how Iridium Certus – Maritime is the premium option for communication at sea when traveling the world’s waterways. Because the Iridium network functions pole-to-pole, your vessel will have uninterrupted connectivity no matter where it sails. 

Internet at sea was not possible for a long time and once it was, it wasn’t robust enough to meet the demands of those within the maritime community. The high-speed data transfer and superior connectivity that was once only available on land, is now accessible throughout the world’s oceans and seas.

Maritime Markets Served

Iridium Certus is for anyone who travels by sea and requires connectivity. Whether you want to stay connected to the outside world, need to keep your crew safe, have a business to run, or a critical mission to execute, this powerful network will get the job done to your highest expectations. 

Some of the most common maritime markets served include:

  1. Commercial Fishing
  2. Merchant Shipping
  3. Leisure
  4. Oil and Gas Offshore Platforms and Rigs
  5. Workboats
  6. Government Vessels


A variety of maritime terminals are available that function on the Iridium Certus network. 

Thales VesseLINK

Similar to the MissionLINK also built by Thales, the VesseLINK is an easy-to-use device with a military-grade design that provides high-quality and low-latency voice and data communication. But the VesseLINK was specifically made for the unique challenges that operating at sea can bring. Whether it’s one ship, or an entire fleet, this commercial solution offers continuous worldwide coverage. 

Top features include:

  1. Enhanced at-sea functionality such as at-sea reporting, service logging, crew connectivity, system/cargo monitoring and other operational requirements
  2. Integrates easily with existing communications’ equipment
  3. Voice and data enabled with 3 dedicated voice channels
  4. Safety features such as location tracking
  5. Real-time weather reporting
  6. Multiple user capability for up to 12 connected devices

For a full description and specifications, please visit the VesseLINK product page. 

SAILOR 4300 L-Band by Cobham

Looking for a compact and easy-to-install terminal? The SAILOR 4300 L-band is the first in Cobham’s Iridium Certus connected range of terminals and offers operational continuity throughout the world’s waterways. Don’t let the small form factor and easy installation fool you; this is a high-performing solution that overcomes connectivity challenges that can happen at sea.  

Top features include:

  1. High-bandwidth IP connection
  2. Up to three high-quality voice lines for global calling
  3. Operational in severe weather and extreme temperatures
  4. Speeds fast enough for data-heavy applications such as video conferencing, multi-user Internet/VPN, telemedicine, and more
  5. Low lifecycle costs that require no scheduled service interval and no maintenance for ten years
  6. A customer service team ready to support you whenever you need it
  7. Pairs with a VSAT system, such as the v85NX, for seamless redundancy

For a full description and specifications, please visit the SAILOR 4300 product page. 

Intellian c700

The Intellian c700 is the most powerful Iridium Certus terminal available. The enhanced 12-element patch phased-array antenna gives full coverage even at low elevation angles making for ultimate reliability. Ship motion can sometimes cause intermittent connectivity, but the advanced design of this robust design makes that a thing of the past. All of this plus ultimate security features make it a top choice for a range of maritime industries.

Top features include:

  1. H2 high-class high-power amplifier gives uplink speeds of 352 Kbps
  2. Highest IP data speeds of any L-band terminal at up to 704 Kbps
  3. Powerful API completely integrates with Smart Boxes
  4. Built-in systems allow for connecting analog phones and onboard PABX, powering IP devices and SIP phones, and supporting multiple users
  5. No scheduled maintenance necessary

For a full description and specifications, please visit the Intellian c700 product page. 

Interested in exploring further options to get you seamless internet access at sea or want to see side-by-side product comparisons? We cover all the options in our Satellite Internet at Sea Buyer’s Guide

Maritime Plans

For Certus Marine Service Plans, the a wide range of monthly service plans are available:

$133 Monthly 0 MB ($19.99/Extra MB)

$401 Monthly 50 MB ($9.99/Extra MB)

$713 Monthly 100 MB ($8.99/ Extra MB)

$1079 Monthly 250 MB ($5.99/ Extra MB)

$1586 Monthly 1 GB ($1.99/ Extra MB)

$1963 Monthly 5 GB ($1.99/ Extra MB)

$2857 Monthly 10 GB ($0.99/ Extra MB)

$446 Monthly 300 MB VSAT ($2.99/ Extra MB)

Per-minute Streaming Options are also available starting at $0.99/minute for a speed of 4.8 Kbps and up to $39.99/minute for a speed of 256 Kbps. High-quality voice calls are $0.99/minute, with calls to other Satellite networks priced at $18.99/minute.

Determining your data needs as well as which terminal may be best in your situation may require expert advice. That’s why Satmodo offers 24/7 customer support. Give us a call at 1-800-279-2366 to find out if Iridium Certus is the right network for you or your company. We can answer any questions you may have about your satellite communication needs.

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