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Inmarsat Global Xpress

Global Xpress is a revolutionary new maritime Ka Band service from Inmarsat which is planned to launch in 2013. Global Xpress will offer downlink speeds of up to 50Mbps, and uplink speeds up to 5Mbps from maritime VSAT antennas as small as 60cm. ...more>

New IMA antenna architecture from SeaTel

SeaTel have introduced the new Integrated Marine Antenna (IMA) architecture for their latest, XX12 series VSAT antennas with some significant hardware and software changes. ...more>

O3B MEO Satellite Constellation

The name O3B refers to the "Other 3 Billion" and is primarily intended as a backhaul service for cellular phones in remote countries that do not have a wire line infrastructure. They will also be serving existing, high end maritime markets like the cruise industry. ...more>

Intelsat Epic NG - High throughput, Ku-Band spot beams

Intelsat plans to launch two new, high-throughput, spot beam, C,  Ku and Ka satellites capable of 25 -60 Gbps begining in 2015. This is about 3 to 5 times more capacity and 10 times more throughput than traditional Intelsat satellites. ...more>

Kymeta Flat panel VSAT antennas with no moving parts.

Kymeta flat panel antennas could be a very interesting development. Flat panel antennas have been around for a while, but this uses a new metamaterials technology to stear the beams from an antenna the size of a pizza box, with no moving parts. Microsoft founder,  Bill Gates has a substantial investment in the technology and agreements are in place with O3B and with Inmarsat Global Xpress for development of antennas for both Ka-band networks. ...more>

VSAT antenna choices for 2014

A few years ago it was obvious, in the marine stabilized antenna market, who were the leaders, who were the start ups, what was quality and value, and what was questionable, but in recent years many of the wannabes have fallen into obscurity and some of the keepers have blossomed into serious contenders....more> Shortcut to


Smaller companies provide personal service and expertise.

When your provider is a small company, you are more likely to be talking to one of the principals of the company, or one of the innovators that engineered the network. ...more>

Marine Satellite Systems

Marine Satellite Systems LLC | | Ku-Band VSAT - Fixed Price Regional Internet at sea | Ku-Band USAT, Ultra Small, Fixed Price, Internet at sea. |

Marine Satellite Systems is a Fort Lauderdale based company dedicated to providing technical service and support on SeaTel and other VSAT and Sat TV systems on yachts and ships.

Marine Satellite Systems provides engineering support and service for several marine satellite dealers, shipyards, satellite service providers, and directly to yacht and ship customers, worldwide.

When subcontracting, I represent and promote the contracting company as if I were an employee, so they can be assured that I will not be trying to sell their customers on other systems or services.

Marine Satellite Systems is not directly affiliated with SeaTel or any particular dealer or satellite service provider. I do not directly sell equipment or satellite service, although I can provide these through a network of dealers and service providers at competitive rates.

I have extensive experience in maintenance and installation of SeaTel, Intellian, Orbit, Spacetrack and other stabilized VSAT and TVRO antenna systems on yachts, cruise ships, and commercial vessels. I have many years of experience developing and troubleshooting iDirect and Comtech marine satellite networks.  .

If you are having problems with your onboard VSAT, TV or network,
or need equipment installed or upgraded

512/128 kbps $60K + $2500/month
For full service internet access at sea with unrestricted web browsing, email and telephone, the most common system is the 1 meter, Ku-Band VSAT, combined with an iDirect modem, for which you pay a fixed price, billed by the month, for virtually unlimited usage.

Like DSL at home, the system is always on, and the access is shared among several other vessels contending for the same bandwidth. If the overall bandwidth is sufficient, and the number of vessels (contention ratio) is kept reasonably low, this is the most cost effective way of providing full service internet access to vessels at sea.

Depending on your bandwidth requirements, the typical monthly costs run between $1000 to $4000 and up....more>
512/256 kbps $30K +2995/month     384/128 kbps $30K +$412/month
USAT (Ultra Small Aperture Terminals) with reflector sizes of only 60 cm (24") opens up internet access at fixed monthly prices to a huge market of much smaller vessels that could not support the size and weight of a full fledged 1 meter antenna....more>