e³ and Kymeta have announced a partnership for customised flat panel and antenna solutions for superyachts at the Satellite 2015 Conference and Exhibition in Washington. Maritime communications, IT, TV and content solutions provider for the superyacht market, e³ and Kymeta corporation, a developer of metamarterials-based antenna technology provides customised services for superyachts, signed the agreement on March 17.

The Kymeta flat panel antennas are designed to replace the need for larger, mechanically stabilised antennas, which are the current solutions for internet services on yachts. e3's customisation services will enable communications using invisible antennas integrated into the superstructure of yachts.

“This is a major step forward in global satellite broadband connectivity and capabilities,” said Roger Horner, managing director of e3 Systems. “With Kymeta and Intellian partnering in the development of maritime terminals , and with global service from our major service provider using Intelsat’s network of satellites, we have a tremendously appealing and credible solution to offer the superyacht industry.”

e3 customisation services will offer optimum connectivity to superyachts across satellites, 4G/LTE and terrestrial broadband while cruising, or WiFi in port, enabling video streaming, video calling and other services required by yacht owners, guests and crew. This high-speed connectivity also opens up a new range of communication solutions for yachts including IPTV, telematics and cloud-based services.

“Yachting is an exciting and compelling market opportunity,” said Nathan Kundtz, Kymeta’s president and CTO. “e3 is a key player in our vision to enable highly customisable communications services and solutions that far exceed anything available to superyacht customers today.”

This follows Kymeta's partnership agreement with Airbus Defence and Space, which intended to sell Kymeta's new mTenna satcom flat panel antennas in key markets. Airbus also had plans to purchase maritime terminals, which will be combined with new service offerings and made available for commercial shipping and the superyacht market.

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