On track for global commercial service
> Seamless global mobility
The first Global Xpress satellite, I-5 F1, launched in December 2013 and entered commercial service in July 2014, is powering regional Global Xpress services for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia
The second Global Xpress satellite – Inmarsat-5 F2 (I-5 F2) – was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, at 12:31 GMT on February 1st 2015.
Once operational, I-5 F2 will deliver Global Xpress services in the Americas and the Atlantic Ocean Region.
The third satellite in the constellation is scheduled for launch in 2015, with global availability expected in the second half of this year. Each Inmarsat-5 satellite is expected to have a commercial life of 15 years.
A fourth Inmarsat-5 is on order from Boeing for delivery in late 2016 as part of Inmarsat’s US$1.6 billion programmed commitment.
> First global Ka-band commercial satellite service
The Inmarsat-5 satellites operate with a combination of fixed narrow spot beams that enable Inmarsat to deliver higher speeds through more compact terminals, plus steerable beams so additional capacity can be directed in real-time to where it’s needed.
Operating in the resilient Ka-band, while integrating seamlessly with the proven L-band network, Global Xpress allows customers across aviation, maritime, enterprise and government sectors to have reliable and assured access to high-throughput communications.
With Cisco, the Inmarsat Service Enablement Platform (ISEP) has been developed along with the Inmarsat Gateway, which will deliver a whole new world of innovative, content-rich applications – developed by the Certified Application Partners – tailored to meet Global Xpress users’ needs.
Why Inmarsat GX?
> Seamless global mobility
Whatever your course, Inmarsat GX will have you covered with a global network that's owened and managed solely by inmarsat. Purposely designed for mobility, it will provide a continuous, consistent service as traffic is handle seamlessly across each spot beam and from one satellite to another. Services will be delivered over our next generation of satellites, the Inmarsat - 5s. Global coverage is planned for the second half of 2015.
> Consistent higher performance
Because the network is global, Inmarsat GX will deliver higher performance consistently - with a downlink up to 50 Mbps and an uplink up to 5 Mbps. And where there are hotspots, additional beams will be directed to ensure performance is maintained. Inmarsat GX will enable seamless, real-time operations between vessels and land offices, plus enhanced communications and entertainment for the crew. Remote assistance and diagnostics can be carried out over a video link to solve problems more quickly and maximize on-board operational efficiency.
> Inmarsat reliability
It's not just about higher performance, but a network you can truly depend on. Inmarsat has been operating the most reliable mobile satellite communications network for over 30 years and the quality of the service is fundamental. This quality is now being brought to the VSAT market. For extra resilience, Inmarsat GX will be complemented by the FleetBroadband service Inmarsat -4s, which deliver 99,9% network availability. This is underpinned by a fully-redundant ground network and terminals that go through rigorous testing to ensure they meet the highest quality standards.
> Simpler to install
Inmarsat GX will be much simpler and quicker to install than existing Ku-band system, minimizing any downtime in the dock for your vessels. There's the option of a smaller 60 cm terminal that doesn't require a crane for installation, and the set-up for all terminals will be just as simple as it is today for FleetBroadband. Once on board, our global, all-IP network enables point-and-click capability with a consistent user experience worldwide.
> More affordable
Besides improved capability, better value for money is a key factor in your decision to upgrade. Inmarsat GX terminals will cost less than those currently available for Ku-band, and service will be available for a fixed monthly fee so you can easily manage your budget. GX operates in the Ka-band, which is already more efficient in its use of bandwidth, but since Inmarsat owns and manages the entire global network, it can make more effective use of satellite resources to achieve cost saving. The net result is more affordable superfast broadband connectivity.
> More compact terminals
Inmarsat GX will deliver higher data rates through more compact and affordable terminals than those operating in Ku-band. Terminals will be available in either a 60 CM or one meter format from leading suppliers in the maritime market.