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Inmarsat-6 ships to Japanese launch site

Inmarsat-6, built by Airbus (and the first Inmarsat to be built by Airbus) has been shipped from the Airbus facility in Toulouse to Tanegashima in Japan ready for launch. The satellite will operate in both multibeam Ka-band and L-band and will use a huge 9 metre antenna for its L-band services. It also houses an […]

November 23, 2021By Chris Forrester

Analyst: Viasat is satellite industry’s biggest player

The planned $7.3 billion (€6.3bn) acquisition by Viasat of Inmarsat confirms Viasat’s position as the satellite industry’s largest player in terms of revenues. But the deal could also herald a further suite of consolidations. In the words of analyst Sami Kassab, from investment bank Exane/BNPP, this transaction will help diversify Viasat’s geographic and vertical exposure, […]

November 10, 2021By Chris Forrester

Viasat to acquire Inmarsat

The long-expected consolidation amongst major satellite players is happening. California-based Viasat is set to buy London-based Inmarsat for $7.3 billion (€6.3bn) in a cash and shares deal. Inmarsat was taken private in 2019 at $6 billion. Today, Viasat is paying an extra $1.3 billion as management have valued the Net Present Value of synergies at […]

November 8, 2021By Chris Forrester

Inmarsat wins action against Eutelsat

A French high court has ruled against Eutelsat in its action against Inmarsat and Inmarsat’s hybrid satellite and terrestrial-based European Aviation Network (EAN).  Eutelsat has had the action running since 2018 and objected to the use of terrestrial ground segment repeaters which it argued did not conform with Inmarsat’s S-band licence from the European Commission. […]

August 6, 2021By Chris Forrester

Concerns over Inmarsat LEO fleet

London-based Inmarsat says it is looking at launching its own low Earth orbiting (LEO) constellation of satellites. But there are concerns whether the company has the satellite frequencies needed to place satellites into orbit. Inmarsat is calling the new project Orchestra and is carrying out a market assessment of likely demand but says a fleet […]

July 30, 2021

Inmarsat unveils Orchestra mobility network

Mobile satellite communications operator Inmarsat has unveiled plans for Orchestra, describing it as the communications network of the future. In the largest ever transformation of its current services, Inmarsat Orchestra will bring together existing geosynchronous (GEO) satellites with low earth orbit satellites (LEO) and terrestrial 5G into an integrated, high-performance solution. Whether for a ship […]

July 29, 2021

Inmarsat revenues dip; wins Skylo IoT connectivity

Inmarsat has agreed to provide the capacity backbone to deliver the Internet of Things (IoT) systems of Skylo, a satellite-based narrow-band IoT specialist. The agreement pairs the UK-based Inmarsat’s satellite network with Skylo’s IoT services for connecting machines and sensors. It will, the duo claim, provide “even the most remotely located application users with real-time, […]

June 11, 2021By Chris Forrester

Skylo and Inmarsat enable narrowband IoT over satellite solution

Skylo, a satellite-based narrow-band (NB) IoT solution company, has today announced that Inmarsat will provide the satellite capacity backbone to deliver its IoT solutions for connecting machines and sensors. The agreement pairs Inmarsat’s exceptionally reliable global satellite network with a complete, easy-to-use IoT solution that provides even the most remotely located application users with real-time, […]

June 8, 2021

Inmarsat takes on Dutch government

The Netherlands wishes to auction off certain 3.5 GHz spectrum for re-use for 5G capacity. However, Inmarsat is objecting and taking the Dutch government to court and is seeking an injunction to stop the process. There was a hearing scheduled for May 11th before a District Court in The Hague but the action was suspended […]

May 12, 2021By Chris Forrester

Inmarsat wins satellite spat

Eutelsat and Viasat have lost a legal decision at the EU’s Court of Justice over a claim that London-based Inmarsat should not have been granted authorisation to key S-band satellite frequencies for in-flight connectivity over France in particular. French frequency regulator ARCEP (Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des Postes) had authorised Inmarsat’s important […]

April 19, 2021By Chris Forrester