This spring Intellian rolled out the new v45C, a compact VSAT antenna that provides high-speed connectivity for commercial fishing vessels under 80 feet. The antenna’s dish has a diameter of 45 centimeters, making it Intellian’s smallest unit yet.

Viable in tight spaces on seiners, gillnetters, and trollers, the v45C provides small vessels with powerful connectivity once reserved for the big guys.

Paul Comyns, Intellian’s vice president of global sales, said these little, powerful antennas are made possible by sweeping technological advances.

“It’s an interesting time because the technology is advancing for both the satellites and the antennas. That means we’re able to create a smaller antenna that has the ability to create high-speed, broadband connectivity,” Comyns said.

The speed is facilitated by high-throughput satellite technology, which leverages multiple network operators to provide a focused spot beam for high power in a small area. The antenna works where there is satellite coverage, which Comyns said covers most fishing grounds and coastal areas.

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Brian Hagenbuch is National Fisherman's products editor, a contributing editor to SeafoodSource and a Bristol Bay fisherman. He is based in Seattle.

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