CONCORD, California – Cobham SATCOM has released a fiber optic solution for use with several of its Sea Tel VSAT antennas. The fiber kits are designed to improve installation possibilities by replacing the standard multiple coax cables from the below deck equipment (BDE) to the above deck equipment (ADE – the antenna), with a single, ultra-low IF loss fiber optic cable.
Cobham SATCOM has developed Sea Tel Fiber Solutions kits. Each kit contains a 1U rack mountable BDE interface, which receives the coax cables and is linked by fiber cable to an ADE interface. Status LEDs on the front panel of the BDE enclosure and on the top of the ADE interface box provide visual status of the fiber optic link, enabling engineers to diagnose the health of the connection between the BDE and ADE, should an issue with the vessel’s communication service arise.