Global Xpress (GX) is the world’s first and only globally available, high-speed broadband network, owned and managed by a single operator.
Since 2015, GX has been serving organisations and governments around the world, and today it is the gold standard for global, mobile broadband connectivity.
Operating in the resilient Ka-band, Global Xpress also integrates seamlessly with our L-band network to deliver powerful and reliable connectivity anytime, anywhere.
For airlines, GX offers the opportunity to transform their passengers’ in-flight connectivity. For shipping companies and operators, guaranteed global bandwidth gives them access to smart digital technologies, even in high traffic areas.
Multiple humanitarian agencies can access critical, real-time situational information for disaster relief, while broadcasters can follow a story as it unfolds, anywhere in the world. Governments can rely on secure, end-to-end wideband connectivity, interoperable with military satcom networks, for seamless airborne, naval and land operations worldwide.
The fifth satellite in the Global Xpress fleet is scheduled for launch at the end of 2019 to deliver additional, focused capacity across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Advanced Ka-band payloads will also be hosted on our next generation Inmarsat-6 (I-6) L-band satellites, scheduled for launch in 2020 and 2021. The most powerful and flexible mobile communication satellites ever developed by Inmarsat, the I-6 fleet, together with advanced ground infrastructure technology, will support enhanced user devices and services for the coming 5G era.
But we’re not stopping there. Inmarsat is committed to a fully-funded programme that will see us continuing to evolve and innovate Global Xpress to deliver even greater capabilities, capacity and agility. We are transforming the way we design, deliver and operate our infrastructure – from satellites and ground stations, to terminals and network management – to benefit existing and future Inmarsat customers, partners and investors.
This next generation of Global Xpress satellites, GX7, 8 & 9, will mark a step change in the combined capabilities and capacity of our global GX fleet. The first software-defined constellation for global mobile connectivity, each satellite will deliver twice the total capacity of the entire current GX network. Their ability to simultaneously generate thousands of independent spot beams of different size, bandwidth and power that can be reconfigured and repositioned across the globe means we will be able to respond to peaks in customer demand instantaneously and with pinpoint accuracy, and stack up overlapped capacity over regional hot spots.
The three satellites will be built by Airbus Defence & Space and are truly disruptive both from a manufacturing and operational perspective. Lead time from order to orbit has been significantly reduced, and the first launch is scheduled for H1 2023.
The programme includes major enhancements to the GX ground network, which will deliver full integration of each generation of GX satellites to form a highly-secure, inter-operable, ultra-high performance network. Future GX satellites offering new capabilities can easily be added to this dynamic framework as market demand grows and technology innovation opens up additional opportunities.
The new GX technology will be backwards compatible with existing terminals, meaning current customers will benefit automatically from future service enhancements. Through regular upgrades to GX network capabilities and features, they will always be able to take advantage of future technology innovation and disruption.