Intellian has announced the launch of its next generation v240M dual-band 2.4m antenna and Intelligent Mediator. Together, the new v240M Gen-II and Intelligent Mediator Gen-II enable auto-switching between C- and Ku-band communications, GEO and MEO satellite tracking, and management of up to eight antennas and modems.
Developed from the v240M – the world’s first antenna to provide auto-switching 2.4m performance in both C- and Ku-band on a single reflector – the new v240M Gen-II delivers RF performance across both bands without any need for hardware modification.
The antenna can be easily adapted to Ka-band for tri-band operation if required. With support for BUCs from 40W to 400W, the v240M Gen-II allows high bandwidth demands to be met, and may also use Intellian’s Fiber Link cable between the above- and below-deck units, minimising signal loss and simplifying installation.
Combining the v240M Gen-II with the new Intelligent Mediator Gen-II adds support for MEO satellites, in addition to the antenna’s core GEO capability. With the facility to manage up to eight antennas and eight modems – including multi-band units – the unit can dynamically allocate any vendor’s modem to any connected antenna, thus enabling support for any commercial service.
The system can be configured to carry out ‘Break Before Make’ or ‘Make Before Break’ satellite handovers as required, and supports seamless, hybrid operation across orbits and bands with multiple modes to ensure maximum bandwidth utilisation.
In addition to being a perfect match for the v240M Gen-II antenna, the Intelligent Mediator Gen-II can also manage all Intellian NX platforms, the v240MT Gen-II tri-band antenna, and antennas from other brands. Furthermore, it is ready for integration with Intellian’s upcoming Mediation Edge Server (MES) and Orchestra Advanced Antenna Management system, which will enable full asset management, configuration and automatic mediation between connected equipment. This will allow smart blockage mitigation and failure prevention, enabling unmatched connection resiliency.
This vendor-agnostic approach reflects Intellian’s initiative to place the choice of orbit, band and network firmly with the customer. Future-proofed products allow unprecedented flexibility of operation, while streamlined installation through simplified connections and the Aptus suite of browser-based, remotely accessible configuration and diagnostic tools reduces complexity and commissioning costs while improving reliability and facilitating support.
Commenting on the new launches, Eric Sung, CEO of Intellian, said: “The v240M Gen-II and Intelligent Mediator Gen-II demonstrate Intellian’s determination to make satellite communications accessible to all. The v240M Gen-II antenna delivers best-in-class dual-band connectivity, while the Intelligent Mediator Gen-II facilitates easy integration with existing systems and support for multiple antennas and modems. With products such as these, ready for the next generation of satellite networks, Intellian is safeguarding its customers’ connectivity for the future. By giving access to the most advanced technology today, we provide a seamless and cost-effective pathway to new services as they come online.”