Inmarsat to move satellite, cover MEAS in L-band

Inmarsat Services Ltd

Thursday, 11 June, 2015

Inmarsat will move its Inmarsat-4 F2 (I-4 F2) communications satellite to a new orbital position above the Indian Ocean, creating a fourth full-service L-band region, which will offer enhanced connectivity capacity for customers in the Middle East and Asia (MEAS). 

MEAS services are scheduled to begin by the end of 2015.

The announcement follows the successful transition of Inmarsat’s L-band voice and broadband data services for the EMEA region from I-4 F2 to Alphasat, the largest European telecommunications satellite ever built.

“Alphasat has already significantly enhanced our L-band capabilities across our highest traffic region of EMEA, adding both additional capacity and providing us with a platform for delivering new and enhanced services,” said Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat.

“Now, with Alphasat in full service, we can move I-4 F2 to provide additional capacity in our highest growth, Indian Ocean region. By creating a fourth region, we are making optimum use of what is now a uniquely powerful and capable, four-satellite, global L-band fleet.”

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