Iridium Certus is GO!

Iridium CertusSM is the new advanced multi-service platform enabled by the upgraded Iridium constellation. Extending the reach of terrestrial and cellular infrastructure like never before, Iridium Certus redefines the capabilities of mobile satellite communications across maritime, IoT, aviation, land mobile, and government applications. With a portfolio of ever-expanding voice and data services, Iridium Certus allows enterprises, governments, and individuals to connect with greater value and greater reach than any other mobile wireless network. Iridium Certus is ideal for supporting critical connectivity needs regardless of location, terrain, and weather events – all in a single platform.

One platform

Iridium Certus simplifies satellite communications through a robust multi-service platform. One terminal can now deliver a range of services from multiple high-quality voice lines to the highest throughput L-band data connection available, allowing simultaneous operations for business efficiency. Services include:

  • Background IP Data
  • Streaming IP Data
  • High Quality Voice
  • Messaging
  • Safety Services
  • Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS)*
  • Aeronautical Mobile Satellite Route Service (AMSRS)

*IMO recognition received in 2018. Expected service introduction by 2020. 


For years, the maritime industry has been forced into long-term contracts and expensive service plans because due to limited options for satellite broadband connectivity. Now, with Iridium CertusSM, mariners can realize the truly global advantages of the Iridium network for business operations, safety services, IoT applications, and crew welfare. For the first time within the mobile satellite communications market, real choice and superior connectivity are available to the maritime community anywhere on the planet.

Iridium is a trusted provider of maritime satellite communications for business operations, safety services, IoT applications, and crew welfare, offered via a global network of channel partners to vessel owners, operators, managers and guests across all maritime market sectors and geographies. Iridium Certus delivers the reliable service with high L-Band speeds anywhere on the planet. For the first time in maritime mobile satellite communications, a superior connectivity alternative is now available.

Merchant Shipping

Iridium Certus is optimized for all aspects of shipboard operations from simple email to complex system management of onboard sensor systems. Iridium Certus also provides a superior backbone for crew welfare, messaging, and phone calls. Vessels with VSAT systems can supplement service with the powerful hybrid solutions available through Iridium for areas where VSAT is challenged by congestion, coverage, or regulations.

Commercial Fishing

Iridium Certus is an excellent choice for handling catch information, monitoring weather, and communicating across fleets in any region of the world. Large catch processors with VSAT can augment their existing platforms with the global coverage of the Iridium network which extends far beyond existing VSAT footprints.


Yachts, sailboats, and other recreational boats can now benefit from the global connectivity, high-quality, and value of Iridium Certus. Now, leisure mariners can take advantage of Iridium Certus high-speed L-Band connectivity.


The highly-reliable Iridium network coupled with its robust L-Band architecture means that both attended and autonomous platforms, rigs, and buoys can consistently be connected and tied into a corporate network. Unattended sensors can easily realize strong, always-on connections through Iridium Certus anywhere on the planet.


Iridium Certus offers workboats the reliable and consistent connectivity they need. Tugs, tows, supply vessels, crew transport, and dredgers work in environments where other options often “go dark” due to congestion, regulations, or blockage. The unique cross-linked architecture of the Iridium network allows communications to travel above the earth, enabling consistent bandwidth in harbors, near ports, on the high seas and at the edge of coverage for other networks.


Research vessels, scientific ships, fisheries vessels, seismic ships, coast guard cutters, ice breakers, and other government ships rely on the Iridium network for low-latency communications around the world. Iridium Certus expands the opportunities for this market with higher speed connectivity solutions.


High-Speed L-Band Anywhere on Earth: Iridium Certus offers superior connectivity for maritime customers whether used as a standalone service or as a complement to VSAT services.

Product Diversity:  Iridium Certus offers a selection of service classes starting at 88Kbps and ranging up to 700Kbps, with eventual speeds to 1.4 Mbps.

Multi-Service: Iridium Certus customers will enjoy three high-definition voice lines, high-speed IP data and streaming, packet data service (Iridium Short Burst Data®), and safety services in one robust marine-grade terminal.

Highest Availability: L-Band is the lowest frequency commonly available for maritime satellite communications, meaning that the Iridium®signal can penetrate clouds, fog, and rain better than higher frequency Ka- and Ku- band signals.


Sophisticated Network: The low-Earth orbit Iridium constellation consists of six orbital planes with 11 satellites in each plane. Satellites provide connectivity as they fly “over” users anywhere on the planet.

Global Coverage: With coverage in the extreme latitudes and throughout the polar regions, Iridium provides a one-stop-shop for true global connectivity.

Rapid Routing: Iridium Certus routes traffic in space, ensuring that all areas, including the polar A4 zones, benefit from low-latency, high-speed, and always-on connections.


Redundant Design: The sophisticated Iridium network is a fully-meshed global canopy with high-speed cross-links designed to deliver uniform coverage and data speed to every point on earth.

Solid Equipment: Iridium Certus maritime terminals, designed and built by world-class manufacturers, have no moving parts, making them reliable and low-maintenance.

Robust Spectrum: Iridium’s L-band frequency is unaffected by weather conditions.


Iridium is committed to providing great features at a reasonable cost, and Iridium Certus has raised the bar for value. Iridium Certus provides greater performance than other L-Band options, and the Iridium Certus maritime terminals and airtime are available at competitive rates to allow for a fast return on investment. The small form-factor and lightweight equipment ensures ease of install and a streamlined upgrade path from existing service.

Land Mobile

Iridium Certus extends the reach of terrestrial and cellular infrastructure like never before with truly mobile communications capabilities ideal for critical connectivity needs anywhere on the planet. With a range of data speed available and a robustly designed terminal, Iridium Certus provides a reliable connection for voice, data, satellite internet, Land Mobile Radio (LMR) and location-based applications. With Iridium Certus, customers can control costs by eliminating the need to deploy expensive ground-based infrastructure or large, expensive directional terminals that rely upon geostationary satellites.

Deploy Mobilized Satellite Communications Anywhere

Iridium Certus sets the new standard for remote communications and connectivity for enterprises, governments, and individuals. Users can extend their use of mobile networks into remote areas, without having to deploy ground-based infrastructure or expensive terminals. Iridium Certus integrates with Internet, cellular, Land Mobile Radio, and location-based applications, providing an unmatched network of industry-leading terminals and service solutions that keep you connected anywhere on the planet.



Iridium Certus provides information to remote transportation and fleets in need of support for delivery and service vehicles that interface with remote assets and work sites. Iridium Certus allows users to simultaneously access and transmit important telemetry data to operations centers while providing drivers with connectivity for their tablets to manage workforce applications or remain in compliance with government regulations by completing critical reports.


Iridium Certus is optimized for ground forces, offering dependable communications for training exercises, special operations, and reconnaissance, even in remote areas.


When local infrastructure is damaged, satellite communications are often the only available source of connectivity. Iridium Certus provides a global solution, with interoperable service capabilities to aide in disaster response, humanitarian relief, and reconstruction efforts with local governments and citizens in disaster areas. Iridium Certus is deployable anywhere, enabling easy integration with vehicles or other assets wherever the mission takes them.


When lives are on the line, coordination of first responders is a race against the clock. Iridium Certus provides real-time, reliable coordination and information access when managing local government activities beyond the reach of terrestrial communications. First responders can also access situational awareness information, and communicate with multiple people simultaneously, enabling them to respond to emergencies quickly.


Iridium Certus allows scientists and oil & gas platform workers to exchange important information that supports decision-making, in arctic regions, off-shore, and anywhere in between. Site survey and geoscientific work also benefits from the low-latency and ease of integration of the Iridium® network, along with high-quality voice lines for worker welfare calling to keep in touch with home.


Built on the reliability of Iridium’s L-Band service, Iridium Certus delivers a superior solution for remote news-gathering in areas where cellular or terrestrial coverage is unavailable and immediate broadcasting is required – no matter where the news is breaking or what the weather conditions may be.


Iridium Certus will deliver high-performance broadband service from cockpit to cabin. Through small-form factor, low-profile antennas, Iridium Certus is ideal for aircraft operators looking to keep crew and passengers connected – supporting email, internet, voice and data communications, everywhere on the planet.


Global businesses need access to global data. Iridium powers new innovation and opportunity in IoT through a unique combination of global network connectivity, industry-leading core-technology, and an ecosystem of technology partners. With new IoT solutions expected in 2019, Iridium Certus will provide reliable, high-speed data communications to maximize efficiencies and enable accessibility anywhere on the planet.

U.S. Government

The Iridium network provides unmatched secure communications anywhere on the planet, including the polar regions. Iridium Certus will enable voice, data, and push-to-talk messages, remote communications, personnel tracking, and over-the-horizon, beyond line-of-sight, and on-the-move communications at a range of speeds at your command. With expected availability in 2019, government and military customers will be able to rely on the secure, low-latency broadband connectivity of Iridium Certus through the dedicated U.S. Government gateway and controlled infrastructure.


Iridium proudly operates a strong partner ecosystem that helps connect enterprises, governments, people, and things in exciting new ways. The Iridium® partner ecosystem enables leading global technology companies to leverage Iridium’s unique network to manufacture, develop, market and support innovative applications for a variety of different markets and industries.

Iridium continues to work with market-leaders to bring the best-in-class Iridium Certus broadband service to customers. Iridium Certus service providers work across industries, including Maritime, IoT, Aviation, Land Mobile, and Government, to bring the Iridium Certus services to life.

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