Global satellite communications

Inmarsat owns and operates three constellations of communication satellites and a total of 11 spacecraft. Together they form the backbone of the world’s most versatile, reliable, commercial satellite communications network.

Flying in geosynchronous orbit 35,786km (22,236 miles) above the Earth, the satellites are positioned in nine orbital locations to give seamless global coverage.

On land

You can make voice calls and send and receive data over a range of devices, such as our IsatPhone Pro handheld phone and notebook-size BGAN voice and broadband terminals.

We have also developed a suite of machine-to-machine (M2M) services for remote monitoring and management of fixed and mobile assets, such as transport fleets, oil pipelines and utility networks.

At sea

We offer a range of communication and safety services, including voice and broadband IP data for vessel operations, crew and passenger connectivity, and access to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).

Our principal maritime services are FleetBroadband, FleetPhone and XpressLink.

In the air

We are the most widely used satellite operator in the aviation sector. Our SwiftBroadband service makes possible various applications for the cockpit and cabin, from safety communications, weather and flight updates to email, internet and phone services.

For our government users, we serve their requirements across land, sea and air – fulfilling their operational needs whether in theatre or as first responders in times of crisis.

The Global Xpress (GX) network will deliver high-speed data worldwide, through our new-generation, Inmarsat-5 satellites.

The first Global Xpress satellite (I-5 F1) entered commercial service on 1 July 2014, serving Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The second satellite successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodorome in Kazakhstan on 1 February. Following the successful launch of the third satellite in the constellation (I-5 F3), on 28 August 2015, Inmarsat achieved global commercial service introduction in December 2015.

And with the launch of the S-band satellite in 2017, we will offer a unique Europe-wide in-flight passenger broadband service enabling WiFi connectivity on airlines and business jets, operating over 30MHz of the S-band spectrum.

This new European capability will be fully integrated with Global Xpress, permitting GX Aviation customers to roam between the two networks and extending the service coverage for European passengers seamlessly across the rest of the world.

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