Iridium Certus Broadband

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.


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)
Iridium Certus broadband will provide high-quality broadband connectivity for individuals and organizations that have a business-critical need to reliably send and/or receive data. Iridium Certus will support data speeds eventually as high as 1.4 Mbps, more than 10x faster than the current Iridium OpenPort® broadband service.

The Iridium Certus broadband service is expected to be available in Q4 2016. At first, it will be delivered via a hybrid constellation consisting of both current Iridium satellites and new Iridium NEXT satellites until the Iridium NEXT constellation is fully deployed in 2017, when its full capabilities will be available.