Inmarsat to Launch New Satellite Payloads for Mobile Broadband Services in the Arctic

Inmarsat to Launch New Satellite Payloads for Mobile Broadband Services in the Arctic Image Credit: Inmarsat

Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, announced that it will introduce two new satellite payloads dedicated to the Arctic region in a partnership with Space Norway and its subsidiary Space Norway HEOSAT.

The new Global Xpress (GX) payloads support the rapidly growing demand among both commercial and government users for seamless, reliable, high-speed mobile broadband services in the Arctic and throughout the world.

In commercial markets, the GX Arctic payloads are designed to specifically address the needs of merchant fleets, fishing vessels, commercial airlines and the energy market, where high-speed mobile broadband connectivity is driving both major operational and efficiency improvements and supporting the introduction of new business models.

For the Government sector, the new GX payloads will provide continuous, assured communications to tactical and strategic government users operating in the Arctic region, including customers in the USA, Canada, Scandinavia and other Arctic regions. Importantly these payloads will also provide KA Gov steerable capacity through service beams and high-capacity steerable beams, complementing military satellite resources, cost effectively, for optimal redundancy, protection, scalability and global portability.

Inmarsat’s new Arctic capabilities will further increase network flexibility and efficiency through multi-beam, high-throughput capacity that can be fully dialled up and down depending on customer demand in the region.

Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat
I would like to thank Space Norway for providing this opportunity to deliver dedicated GX capacity in the Arctic region. Norway has been a strong, strategic partner for Inmarsat over many years.

Jostein Ronnerberg, CEO of Space Norway
In close collaboration with Inmarsat and government partners we are about to get in place a strategically important capacity for all those currently operating in the Arctic without access to broadband capabilities.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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