Iridium Certus 100 Products

The Iridium Certus 100 service sits between Iridium’s Short Burst Data (SBD) service
and the higher throughput of Certus 700. It utilises the L-Band frequency range, so
antennas can be small and lightweight, and the connection is resilient and stable.
Certus 100 offers IP data speeds of up to 88 Kbps.

Iridium Certus 100 Information

  • Pole to pole coverage with no ‘line of sight’ challenges
  • Leverages the L-Band frequency – stable and resilient, not susceptible to ‘rain fade’
  • L-Band antennas are small and lightweight, ideal for portable and mobile use
  • Omni-directional antennas with no moving parts
  • IP data speeds of up to 88 Kbps, ideal for SCADA applications
  • Lower latency and less signal attenuation than BGAN M2M
  • Low power, small form factor equipment
  • Easy to deploy with no satellite pointing required.
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Iridium Certus 100 Service Plans and Pricing

For more information about our Certus 100 Service Plans, please visit our dedicated Certus 100 airtime page.

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Benefits of Certus 100 Service

Is Certus 100 the best choice for your IoT connectivity challenge? We've outlined some of the key attributes of the service, but if you'd like any advice, please get in touch.

IP-Based for Easy Integration

It's easy to get going with the RockREMOTE device. It "takes the work out of the comms side for us which can be difficult between Arduino and Raspberry Pi equipment." The RockREMOTE offers dual-mode satellite and cellular airtime, too, so it's highly cost effective.

Satellites in Low Earth Orbit

Certus 100 utilises Iridium’s low earth orbit (LEO) network, which provides pole-to-pole coverage, and has the benefit of lower latency (<1 second). Additionally, antennas do not have to be pointed to pick up Iridium satellites, which makes this service ideal for mountainous or wooded areas.

Supported by Industry Experts

Ground Control's support team are available to help you at any stage of your IoT connectivity project, from device and airtime selection through to installation, testing and lifetime support. No device leaves our premises without being thoroughly tested, and with the latest firmware installed.

Cost Effective and Flexible Airtime

We can offer great flexibility in our airtime plans, which saves you money. Rather than you paying for data you're not using, or incurring expensive overage fees, we tailor our plans to your usage. We have very competitive rates thanks to our long-standing relationship with Iridium.

Cloudloop Platform and Applications

The Cloudloop platform can be accessed online, or the data retrieved via our fully-featured API. It delivers subscription management, device management, network monitoring and tracking functionality. Cloudloop supports Iridium and Inmarsat airtime.

Comparing Satellite IoT Connectivity

It’s tricky to compare airtime services because so much depends on how much data you need to send, but as a rough guide, we’ve put together the following comparison points. Get in touch if you’d like any help deciding what will work best for you.

Iridium SBD
Iridium Certus 100
Inmarsat BGAN M2M
Connection Type:
Typical Connection Speed:
270 / 320B per Message
22 / 88 Kbps
448 / 464 Kbps
Satellite Orbit:
Low Earth Orbit (LEO)
Low Earth Orbit (LEO)
Very Low
Very Low
Total Cost of Ownership:
Very Low
Power Usage:
Very Low
Connection Frequency:
On Demand
Frequently Connected
Frequently Connected
Great For:
Very small amounts of data from individual sensors
Fixed or mobile IoT applications which require IP connection
Fixed IoT applications with larger amounts of data to transfer via an IP connection

Is Iridium Certus 100 the right airtime for your project?

Ground Control are one of a very small number of Iridium partners chosen to design and build Iridium Certus 100-enabled hardware, and there's very little we don't know about the pros and cons of this service.

Please call or email us, or complete the form, if you'd like to discuss your project, and we'll provide expert, impartial advice on the best hardware, airtime and service to meet your needs.
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