Inmarsat to debut new BGAN high data rate streaming terminal at NAB 2013

Inmarsat (LSE: ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today announced that it will unveil Cobham SATCOM's EXPLORER 710 on Monday, April 8th at NAB 2013. The Explorer 710 is latest Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) terminal and the first that will be capable of accessing Inmarsat's new high data rate service (HDR), which will offer media organizations and broadcasters significantly increased streaming rates for higher quality video newsgathering.

BGAN HDR is scheduled for commercial launch in Q3 2013. Its full channel option will provide broadcasters with an expected streaming rate of around 650kbps which, when combined with the compact, lightweight and highly portable EXPLORER 710 terminal, will deliver a step-change in video quality.

“Since 2005, the BGAN platform has transformed newsgathering, enabling live broadcasts from the farthest, most inhospitable reaches of the planet”, said Martin Turner, Inmarsat's Media Business Director. “We improved the streaming speeds with BGAN X-Stream in 2009 and now, in 2013, we're introducing the next revolution in satellite newsgathering with BGAN HDR.”

Cobham's small and light EXPLORER 710 is a plug & play device. It features a built-in bonding capability, enabling connection speeds over 1 Mbps, which was previously only possible on a VSAT uplink.

“EXPLORER 710 is the most advanced and smallest class 1 terminal to date and introduces a number of enhancements including bonding and smart phone connectivity. Combined with BGAN HDR, it becomes a compact, reliable and extremely portable solution for the high speed transmission of live video, audio and data from practically anywhere in the world,” said Walther Thygesen, Head of Cobham SATCOM

The EXPLORER 710 will be officially unveiled at an event on Monday, April 8 at 11:30 AM at the Inmarsat NAB booth in the Upper South Hall (#9718) and will be on display throughout the remainder of the event.

For further information

Media contact for Inmarsat:
Greg Kalish
GK Communications for Inmarsat

About Inmarsat

Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: ISAT.L). For more information, please visit

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About Cobham

Cobham specialises in meeting the demand for data, connectivity and bandwidth in defence, security and commercial environments. Offering a technically diverse and innovative range of technologies and services, the Group protects lives and livelihoods, responding to customer needs with agility that differentiates it. The most important thing we build is trust. Employing more than 10,000 people on five continents, the Group has customers and partners in over 100 countries, with annual revenue of some £1.9bn / US$3 billion.

About Cobham SATCOM

Cobham SATCOM develops, manufactures, sells and supports satellite and radio communication terminals and earth stations for land, marine and airborne applications. With the ever increasing demand for communication, our products and services are used to satisfy the needs of a wide variety of commercial, governmental and recreational applications.

Cobham SATCOM uses state-of-the-art technologies to design affordable, highly reliable high performance systems that have decreased over time in terms of size, weight and power consumption. Our products enable people to stay in touch under the most challenging and demanding conditions. When traditional communication technologies fail, Cobham SATCOM's products will keep providing our customers with high quality voice, data, and multimedia communications.

Our product designs have evolved tremendously during their decades in service in use around the world in a variety of domains and environments. We market under the AVIATOR, EXPLORER™, SAILOR® and Sea Tel brands. Please refer to our websites for our list of global distributors and partners. Cobham SATCOM has design, development and manufacturing facilities in Denmark, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the USA.