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Inmarsat CEO expects further consolidation

In an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper, Rajeev Suri, Inmarsat CEO, predicted that only a handful of satellite operators will succeed and survive over the next 7 to 10 years. He said that it takes billions to get satellites into space and the industry has already seen plenty of bankruptcies, noting: “The industry structure […]

January 23, 2023By Chris Forrester

Emirates signs Inmarsat for IFC

Middle East airline Emirates has placed a major contract extension with Inmarsat for the satellite operator’s In-Flight Communications (IFC) broadband service. Emirates already uses Inmarsat but this new contract covers the airline’s 50 new Airbus A350 aircraft. They will enter service from 2024. The A350 aircraft will use Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) satellite network. Inmarsat’s […]

January 13, 2023By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat IGO holds AGM

Eutelsat’s Inter-governmental organisation is the supervising segment of Eutelsat which ensures that the satellite operator maintains its legal and Treaty obligations with respect to member signatory states. It recently held its AGM. Eutelsat IGO ensures continuity of the rights to use radiofrequencies and orbital locations which were assigned collectively to the Member States and the […]

January 11, 2023By Chris Forrester

Inmarsat Q3 revenue up 7%

Inmarsat’s has reported its Q3 numbers with revenue up 7 per cent, and EBITDA up 17 per cent, compared to the same period last year. The high spot in its list of positive growth segments came from its In-Flight broadband and communications division which, while not the largest revenue earner, came in with 33 per […]

November 29, 2022By Chris Forrester

Rocket Lab selected by Inmarsat Government

Rocket Lab USA, a launch and space systems company, has been selected by Inmarsat Government as partner to develop and manufacture an L-band radio in support of NASA’s Communications Services Project (CSP). CSP seeks to accelerate the development of commercial near-Earth communications services by partnering with satellite communications (satcom) providers. Rocket Lab will help enable […]

November 4, 2022

Telstra adds 2nd antenna in Western Australia

As part of Telstra’s growing satellite telecommunications portfolio and services, it has expanded ground stations in Perth and Merredin, Western Australia with additional antennas to support the revolutionary I-6 F1 satellite from Inmarsat. This builds on a partnership between the two companies in Australia dating back more than thirty years. Launched from the JAXA Tanegashima […]

October 31, 2022

Viasat, Inmarsat deal receives Australian approval

Although the planned merger between satellite operators Viasat and Inmarsat faces the prospect of a lengthy competition probe in the UK, the pair have announced that the Australian Government’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) has confirmed it has no objections to the planned combination of their businesses. FIRB’s clearance of Viasat’s proposed acquisition of Inmarsat […]

October 19, 2022By Colin Mann

Viasat, Inmarsat reassure CMA

Viasat is seeking to merge with Inmarsat. However, the proposed deal has fallen foul of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) which is examining the transaction and has expressed concerns. The CMA has confirmed it will raise its investigation to a Phase 2 level. A statement from Viasat and Inmarsat says that the pair […]

October 14, 2022By Chris Forrester

Inmarsat wins $1bn Navy contract

Inmarsat has secured a communications and data contract worth $980 million (€1bn) with the US Navy. The agreement requires London-based Inmarsat to build a global system that can be integrated with existing military satellite coverage in the Arctic region. The contract is for 10 years. Inmarsat already held an earlier contract and won the re-bid […]

October 14, 2022By Chris Forrester

CMA: Viasat, Inmarsat deal raises competition concerns

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found the proposed merger between Viasat and Inmarsat with could lead to airlines facing higher prices for on-board Wi-Fi and has asked the pair to submit proposals to address its competition concerns. The CMSA notes that Viasat and Inmarsat are two of the largest satellite communications companies […]

October 6, 2022By Colin Mann