Inmarsat reassures on second global satellite

Telecommunications provider Inmarsat assures customers that the second of its three broadband global area network satellites will be launched in November

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By  Andy Tillett Published  September 27, 2005

Inmarsat is reassuring its customers that the second of its broadband global area network (BGAN) satellites will be launched as originally scheduled, in November. The mobile satellite communications vendor says it wanted to reassure the market that everything was going according to plan, and the service would be up and running on time. The first BGAN satellite was launched in March this year and covers the Indian Ocean, which includes the Middle East. The second will provide coverage for the Americas. Samer Halawi, regional director at Inmarsat says that the BGAN satellite was transported to California last week, and will be loaded onto a carrier and taken to the Pacific Ocean ahead of its launch date. “We want to assure the market that BGAN will be on time. In the satellite industry there is always frequent delays, mostly attributed to problems with the launch, but everything is on schedule at the moment,” says Halawi. Once activated, the BGAN service will provide users with faster data speeds and affordable, mobile broadband services including voice, IP, IP streaming, and ISDN at speeds of up to half a megabit per second. The Inmarsat-4 satellites are the world’s largest and most sophisticated commercial communications satellites, and BGAN will be accessible via a range of small, lightweight satellite terminals that are currently being manufactured and tested by NERA, Add Value, Thrane & Thrane and Hughes Network Systems. The first satellite, called R-BGAN initially covered 99 countries, but following the successful migration of the service to the new Inmarsat-4 satellite, it can now be used in a larger coverage area, including Europe, Africa, the Middle East and most of Asia-Pacific. Almost 50 new countries were added to the coverage area following the migration. “Our services are becoming more IP centric that requires a different type of distribution. We are looking for more partners that understand IP and can go into markets that we have not been before," Halawi says.

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