14 September 2012: INMARSAT has signed Cobham Satcom, Paradigm Comm and Skyware Global as the initial land satellite terminal manufacturing partners for its forthcoming Global Xpress® service.
The companies will manufacture 0.6 to 2.4 metre aperture terminals to deliver up to 50Mbps downlink speeds.
The range will cover fixed, transportable, 'fly-away' and 'manpack' terminal types.
New core module
The terminals have been specifically designed for operation in the Ka-band and will utilise a new core module developed by VT iDirect to provide state-of-the-art capabilities.
Scheduled for service introduction in 2014, Global Xpress will offer unprecedented high data rate (HDR) bandwidth and global coverage.
The Ka-band satellite network will provide super-fast uplink and downlink data rates, all backed by Inmarsat quality standards, performance and global reach.
The signing of the first three land terminal manufacturing partners represents a strong endorsement of Global Xpress’ service innovation, and will ensure availability of high-speed land satellite terminals at service introduction.
“Cobham Satcom, Paradigm Comm and Skyware Global have demonstrated leadership in the VSAT terminal marketplace, and we are delighted that they are now formally part of our programme to deliver on the Global Xpress promise,” said Leo Mondale, Managing Director of Global Xpress.
“Their experience and expertise in their key market segments will ensure that customers will quickly benefit from the introduction of new generation, high data rate services."