2015 projects
Advisory board


The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP) is a five-year, £152 million programme designed to partner UK space expertise with governments and organisations in emerging and developing economies around the world to deliver a sustainable economic or societal benefit.

All IPP projects are fully aligned to the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Inmarsat has been awarded UK Space Agency IPP funding and is leading three projects using satellite technology to improve and protect people’s lives in Nigeria, Indonesia and the Philippines.

The IPP projects follow the Agency’s successful International Partnership Space Programme (IPSP) initiatives that Inmarsat undertook in 2015, supplying connectivity for mobile banking services in Kenya and a maternal healthcare programme in Nigeria.

Knowledge gained from these projects helped us to identify new opportunities to highlight the capabilities of satellite communications to help communities in need.

Inmarsat is committed to understanding the requirements of our international partner countries to ensure that important benefits can be seen on the ground, making the best use of our technology to deliver maximum social impact.



Project: Raising the standard of Nigerian healthcare outcomes in areas with poor communications through the application of satellite connectivity.

Inmarsat is working with InStrat, Africa’s leading mobile health solutions provider, and the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development and federal and state health ministries to improve healthcare in Nigeria.

Poor infrastructure and isolated rural communities mean many people have little or no access to regular medical care and advice. Eighty four health clinics in Kano and Ondo states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which have no 3G coverage are being supplied with BGAN broadband data terminals to:

  • Provide video-based health worker training
  • Improve health systems management and governance using an information system
  • Improve disease monitoring

By upskilling medical workers and improving the management of clinics and health programmes, the project will create a model that can be extended into other parts of Nigeria, strengthening the country’s healthcare system.

» IPP Nigeria: satellite connectivity saving lives



Project: Designing and implementing innovative solutions for smart satellite technology to promote inclusive and sustainable fishing practices in Indonesia.

Inmarsat and a consortium of partners, including Satellite Applications Catapult, Hatfield  Consultants, Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management and local service provider SISFO, are working with the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) to reduce illegal fishing and improve safety and livelihood security for the seven-million strong fishing community.

Environmentally unsustainable fishing – including illegal and unreported catches – is having huge ecological and financial consequences in the country, impacting on the entire value chain and costing the government around $3 billion a year. The project will incentivise fishermen to adopt satellite-based Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) by building in data services which will enhance their safety, productivity and food security, using Inmarsat’s IsatData Pro machine-to- machine (M2M) technology. It will also help to inform the KKP on the shape of future fishery regulation.

These additional capabilities will help keep fishermen safe out at sea, enable contact with home, and improve their catch through accessing real-time data. In addition, it will open up new international commercial markets that demand proof of sustainable fishery practices.

By expanding the adoption of VMS, the surveillance and policing capabilities of the KPP will be improved, and information important for sustainable fisheries management will be made available.

» IPP Indonesia: A lifeline for fishing



Project: Reducing the impact of natural disasters by using satellite communications in the Philippines.

The Philippines suffers over 20 cyclones annually, as well as frequent volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

While the nation is experienced at responding to sudden natural disasters, resource constraints, infrastructure fragility and geography means that the human and economic cost remains high.

Inmarsat and a consortium of partners including Satellite Applications Catapult and Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) are working with the Philippine government to transform disaster response.

Prepositioning powerful but easily deployable equipment – Global Xpress (GX) and BGAN broadband data terminals and IsatPhone 2 satellite phones – in five pilot regions means reliable, secure communications are ready in place in the event of a disaster.

This will help relief agencies and first responders to get information in and out of disaster zones much more effectively, and will provide the Philippines government with the capability to restore communications and increase command and control of recovery operations within 24 hours of a humanitarian crisis.

Regional staff are being trained how to use all the satellite equipment. The aim of the project is to see in an enhanced initial response to any disaster through better information management and decision making.

» IPP Philippines: fast response saves lives


2015 projects

Under the UK Space Agency’s 2015 International Partnerships Space Programme, Inmarsat was awarded funding for two projects that successfully demonstrated the powerful impact of satellite connectivity.

Working in partnership with the Equity Bank Group, we helped deliver financial services to ‘unbanked’ communities at 200 sites across Kenya, including some of the most remote locations in the country.

As well as giving people convenient and easy access to banking services via BGAN Link fixed terminals, the project also enabled local agents to create other business opportunities, such as selling data-based services.

The terminals were preloaded with information about subjects including business, agriculture and education to help drive economic growth.

In Nigeria, we worked with the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) to deliver maternal and child health services to 50 rural clinics using BGAN Link. Healthcare workers could access MAMA’s information app and the organisation was able to collect important data to help advance eHealth services.

Download the presentation on the 2015 projects here.


Advisory board

An expert strategy advisory board has been created to coordinate Inmarsat’s IPP projects:

  • Chairman: Patrick McDougal, former Chief Strategy Officer, Inmarsat
  • Executive: James Cemmell, Vice President, Government Engagement, Inmarsat
  • Executive: Steven Obaditch, PMO Director, Inmarsat
  • Non Executive: Bruno Sanchez, formerly of Big Data Lead, Innovation Labs and World Bank; ex-CTO of MapBox
  • Non Executive: Antonia Jenkinson, former Executive Director, Satellite Applications Catapult
  • Non Executive: Shruti Mehotra, Director of Policy and Strategy at Open Society, with experience on the Africa Governance Initiative and World Economic Forum; Leadership Fellow
  • Non Executive: Ian Taylor, former MP, Science & Technology Minister; Chairman of LivingPlanIT, STFC Council, IPPR Commission on National Security
  • Non Executive: Terence Jagger, ex CEO Crown Agents; MoD Director Financial Management; adviser to NATO Commander in Afghanistan; NED Met Office
  • Non Executive: James Mwangi, Executive Director, Dalberg Group; McKinsey & Co; Tutu Fellow African Leadership Institute; Clinton Global Initiative