16 Jan 2022

Japan approves use of Cobham Satcom’s SAILOR 4300 L-band, unlocking high-performing connectivity across its fleet

The regulatory approval means that Japanese flagged vessels can now use the L-band terminal and access industry leading, low-cost connectivity

Copenhagen, Denmark, 17 January 2022 – Cobham Satcom, the market-leading provider of radio and satellite communications solutions, has today announced that it has received regulatory approval from Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) to allow for Japanese adoption of its SAILOR 4300. The approval of SAILOR 4300 L-band follows the MIC’s regulatory approval of Iridium Certus® broadband.

A standalone solution or VSAT companion terminal, SAILOR 4300 L-band, leverages decades of L-band expertise and enables users to access affordable, fast internet speeds through Iridium’s upgraded, low latency satellite network. As the leading antenna for Iridium Certus, with more than 4,000 terminals ordered, the solution supports reliable voice and data applications and everyday usage including, email and electronic reporting, crew communication and automated synchronization of Enterprise Business systems.

The approval of the SAILOR 4300 L-band will enable those operating Japanese flagged vessels to capitalize on high-performing, proven connectivity and market leading expertise. The solution will help raise standards for safety at sea and operational efficiency and will be of particular value to Japan’s extensive merchant and fishing fleets, which require rapid, reliable and cost-effective connectivity. The approval comes at a time when Cobham Satcom is growing its presence in the region, to further support its users on the ground with technical and commercial expertise.

Peter Kiær, SVP, Head of Maritime at Cobham Satcom, said: “We are pleased to announce the regulatory approval of the SAILOR 4300 L-band in Japan. The approval showcases the strength of our partnership with Iridium spanning over two decades – the output of which continues to enhance the maritime industry. By enabling the Japanese fleet to unlock access to cost-effective, high-performing connectivity, we are proud to play a vital role in enabling safer and more efficient operations at sea. On a global level, the approval of SAILOR 4300 L-band in such an important geographical area marks another step towards the maritime industry’s digital transformation.”

**Wouter Deknopper, Vice President **and General Manager, Maritime Line of Business at Iridium, said: “As a world class L-band solution provider, we are pleased to see the SAILOR 4300 approved for use across the Japanese fleet with our network. The announcement is not only reflective of our strong heritage and market expertise as partners but is a vital step forward for maritime connectivity. We are proud to continue to play our part in keeping those operating in some of the world’s toughest conditions safe and connected.”

The SAILOR platform has been established in the global maritime industry for decades, with more than 300,000 antennas in the field on all vessel types in all oceans. The software-controlled antenna is upgraded and iterated in line with new technologies, providing future-proof connectivity for ship owners and operators.

About Cobham Satcom

Cobham Satcom (formerly known as Thrane & Thrane A/S) is the market-leading provider of radio and satellite communications solutions to the maritime and land markets.

Cobham Satcom designs and manufactures high-performance radio, satellite communications, safety, tracker and critical communications products under the EXPLORER, SAILOR, Sea Tel and TRACKER brands. Our products provide customers with outstanding performance, value and support through our global sales and service network. All our solutions are underpinned by the core purpose of keeping people safe and connected across land and sea.

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