On Friday 28th August 2015, Spectra’s partnered satellite operator, Inmarsat, launched its third satellite in the Global Xpress constellation (I- 5 F3).
This new satellite puts Inmarsat on course to begin operating a global network of high-bandwidth satellites by the end of 2015.
Once in place it will provide up to 100 times faster broadband speeds, improving communications for oil and gas platforms, in-flight connectivity for airline passengers, deep-sea vessels, aid agencies and media crews working in remote locations.
Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat, said:
“The completion of the Global Xpress (GX) constellation will be a significant milestone for our organisation and is fundamental to the delivery of a new era in mobile satellite communications which will change the future for us all.
“We are particularly pleased that GX will support vital programmes enabling governments to meet the rapidly changing requirements of our world, including the transformation of remote societies that are currently inadequately served by terrestrial networks.”
Simon Davies, CEO of Spectra, commented:
“For Spectra this will enhance the capability of existing products such as VSAT and SHADE. Our Satellite Services business will be able to use the high bandwidth opportunity available through Global Express to even better tailor communication packages to our core customers in Defence, Aid & Emergency and Commercial Utility markets.”