24 June 2014: Inmarsat has approved L-3 Datron Advanced Technologies communications-on-the-move (COTM) products for use on Global Xpress (GX).
This move marks the second phase of GX terminal development for the US and other government markets by Inmarsat, who will now work closely with L-3 Datron to assess market opportunities for the development of COTM terminals over the GX network.
L-3 Datron is a world leader in the design and manufacture of antenna systems for telemetry, tracking and control, remote sensoring, surveillance and communications for fixed-site, airborne and SATCOM-on-the-move applications.
“We are delighted to announce the addition of L-3 Datron’s COTM products to the Global Xpress offering,” said Peter Hadinger, President of Inmarsat’s US Government business unit.
“Together with our existing GX manufacturing partners, we will offer our US government customers the widest portfolio of reliable, secure and globally available high-throughput satellite services. This is an important milestone on the path toward full rollout and global availability of the Global Xpress network.”
L-3 Datron will now begin working with Inmarsat’s GX technical development team and iDirect, its infrastructure and core module technology partner.
“It is clear to us that Global Xpress is going to have a significant and positive impact on the government market, both in the US and globally,” said John Di Gioia, President, L-3 Datron.
“We are excited about working with Inmarsat to identify and respond to the new market opportunities that Global Xpress addresses.”
Inmarsat’s game-changing GX satellite network will offer high-speed broadband of up to 50 Mbps and seamless worldwide coverage from a single operator. The first of three GX satellites was launched in December 2013 and has successfully completed its in-orbit testing.