Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellites to be launched on 8th Dec

Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services will launch first of its game-changing Global Xpress (GX) satellites; Inmarsat-5 F1 (I-5 F1) on 8th December from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard an International Launch Services (ILS) Proton Breeze M at 12.12 GMT.

Constructed by Boeing Satellite Systems International to a proven design, the new GX spacecraft is the first of three satellites scheduled to be launched on behalf of Inmarsat by ILS.

Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat said, “Global Xpress is the result of three years of planning and, together with a fourth GX satellite we ordered recently from Boeing, represents an investment of $1.6 billion in our next generation of high bandwidth, high capacity, mobile broadband communications satellites. Global Xpress will ensure our satellite services fully support the current and future needs of end-users across the world – whether on land, at sea or in the air.”

The GX fleet is on schedule to achieve full global coverage by the end of 2014. It will offer a unique combination of seamless global coverage from a single operator, consistent higher performance of up to 50Mbps to mobile or fixed terminals, and the network reliability for which Inmarsat is renowned.

The company has also signed an agreement with Globecomm, appointing the specialised managed satellite services provider as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Global Xpress, serving the Government market in Africa and the Middle East.

Globecomm is a pioneer in the design and integration of high quality satellite communication systems. With a strong engineering pedigree and expertise in cellular networks, satellite networks, mobile satellite communications and content delivery systems, Globecomm is able to design, install and support communications solutions for Government and Military users in the most demanding of situations.

Andy Start, president, Inmarsat Global Government said, “Globecomm has been an energetic and successful partner of Inmarsat for more than 7 years, and its established footprint across many African countries places it ideally to drive early growth of GX services in these exciting and emerging economies.  We are very pleased to welcome Globecomm as one of the first GX VARs in the Government sector and look forward to working closely with them as GX goes live in 2014.”

Keith Hall, COO, Globecomm said, “Globecomm is among the world’s leading providers of Ka-band services and our engineering knowledge of Ka-band systems is second to none. Having GX in our portfolio is a central part of our global government sales strategy. We look forward to working with Inmarsat to grow our respective revenue in the months and years to come.”

Global Xpress will be the first global Ka-band broadband satellite network providing very high bandwidth services to a range of land, maritime and aero terminals, delivered through a resilient, secure waveform which is optimised for mobility.  Integrated seamlessly with Inmarsat’s current L-band network, Global Xpress will ensure reliable communications in support of mission critical operations in the most challenging environments.

The first of three Global Xpress satellites is set to launch on 8th December 2013 with global coverage scheduled for the end of 2014.

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