Service Offers Worldwide, End-to-End Ka-band Network to U.S. Government Customers through High-Capacity Steerable Beams; Exceeds Expectations During User Evaluations.
Washington D.C., October 6, 2014 – Inmarsat, in partnership with its Value Added Resellers, has begun providing wideband communications capability to U.S. government customers through its Global Xpress service carried over the first Inmarsat-5 satellite.
Using 72 fixed beams in commercial Ka-band, along with military Ka-band capacity available on its high-capacity steerable beams, Global Xpress is now supporting aeronautical and land terminal operations in the Indian Ocean Region with high-throughput connectivity. The steerable beams are designed to complement military Ka-band capacity provided by the Wideband Global SATCOM system (WGS) in areas of high demand, while the fixed beams enable consistent and reliable service across nearly all of the visible earth.
“We’re pleased to be hearing such great reviews about Global Xpress from our U.S. government customers,” said Peter Hadinger, president of Inmarsat’s U.S. Government Business Unit. ”Our goal throughout the design process was to address many of the U.S. government’s most critical communications needs, and now, Inmarsat is delivering on that objective.”
Global Xpress exceeded expectations during extensive user evaluations and tests. Users indicated that terminals were highly reliable under all operational conditions, providing seamless wideband SATCOM connectivity crucial to their mission requirements.
The Inmarsat-5 military Ka-band steerable beam technology efficiently supports very high data rates and very small apertures enabling the satisfaction of previously unmet key mission requirements. Additionally, the iDirect evolution-based Global Service Beam (GSB) performance met or exceeded data throughput available on older Ku-band services using satellite terminals of equal or smaller size.
“These evaluation results prove that Global Xpress provides an ideal solution for U.S. government users,” Hadinger stated. “The service’s unique combination of worldwide coverage and military satellite communications interoperability makes it truly unmatched in the marketplace.”
Inmarsat-5 F1 achieved commercial service introduction (CSI) for U.S. Government users in the Indian Ocean Region coverage area on July 1, 2014, after successful launch and activation of the satellite and related redundant ground infrastructure. The service is currently supporting users across its footprint, including in Europe; the Middle East, Africa; and southwestern Asia.
Inmarsat U.S. Government Business Unit executives will be available to discuss the service at the 2014 Military Communications Conference (MILCOM), taking place October 6-8 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
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Inmarsat is a trusted provider of global, mobile satellite communication services that meet the mission-critical needs of the U.S. defense, intelligence, homeland security and civilian organizations. Since 1979, Inmarsat has delivered highly reliable, secure and affordable satellite services that satisfy expeditionary, maritime and aeronautical communication requirements anytime, anywhere. The Inmarsat U.S. Government Business Unit model reaches the market through value-added resellers, partners and service providers who enhance its services with specialized solutions government users need.
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