Inmarsat launches game-changing satellite
Launches first of three satellites capable of delivering high-speed mobile broadband
UK-based satellite operator, Inmarsat, launched the first of three satellites in its new 5 F1 Global Xpress constellation from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Inmarsat has invested $1.6bn in its Global Xpress constellation, which will offer the world's first globally available high-speed mobile broadband service, with speeds of up to 50Mbps to mobile or fixed terminals.
When all three Global Xpress satellites have been launched by the end of 2014, Inmarsat will offer fast broadband connectivity to the remotest places on Earth, from the middle of an ocean to the heart of the Amazon, and for aircraft flying at 40,000ft.
Inmarsat's existing fleet of 10 satellites is used by governments, airlines, ship owners, energy companies, the world's top news broadcasters and leading humanitarian organisations for data and voice services.
Global Xpress will deliver mobile broadband services 100 times faster than Inmarsat-4 fleet.