Inmarsat Transmits Record-setting 10Mbps in L-band

Successful testing over the innovative Inmarsat-4/Alphasat satellite system demonstrates the potential of small L-band terminals to meet emerging intelligence and media needs.

Washington, D.C., December 19, 2014 – Inmarsat confirmed the U.S. Government Business Unit’s successful testing of its on-demand lease service using the prototype L-band Advanced Communications Element (LACE) terminal. The experimental terminal established a record-setting 10Mbps return link connectivity from a small L-band antenna, bringing high-speed real-time video from the Middle East and Africa regions across the Alphasat satellite.

By demonstrating rates more than an order of magnitude higher than previous L-band experiments, LACE shows how specialist communities can be served while retaining the ease of use, reliability, low cost of ownership and weather-tolerant operation provided by Inmarsat’s global L-band network. LACE demonstrates the wide range of powerful services, ranging from broadcast and video to mission-critical military operations that can be supported simultaneously by the Alphasat system.

“Today’s government agencies and military forces are more mobile than ever, and require very nimble communication solutions. The need for small teams to return large quantities of video and sensor data, and, at the same time, maintain reliability and ease of use while on the move is critical to achieve their missions,” said Peter Hadinger, president of Inmarsat U.S. Government Business Unit. “This innovation sets the stage for our partners to introduce even more capability into their Inmarsat solutions and thus stay at the cutting edge of satellite communications.”

The high-speed testing was conducted over Inmarsat’s trusted network of global, mobile mission-critical satellite communication services that are highly reliable, secure and affordable, anytime and anywhere.

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Jonathan Sinnatt
Director of Corporate Communications
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Katie Potts
Corporate Communications Manager
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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).

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