Advanced Television


Inmarsat wins Australia Defence contract

London-based Inmarsat has secured a satellite contract from Australia’s Department of Defence worth $221 million. The contract runs for seven years and provides military personnel with communications and airtime services to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) until 2027. Inmarsat said the contract had “evolved” into a fully managed service covering hardware, software, support, training and […]

March 30, 2021By Chris Forrester

Marlink buys Global Eagle’s client base

Satellite maritime communications specialist Marlink has taken over more than 450 VSAT sites in five continents that serve large humanitarian/NGO, Embassy, Oil and Gas and Mining customers, as well as Global Eagle Entertainment’s African fixed site land business. The transaction is the result of an efficient collaboration between Marlink and GEE teams which was aimed […]

March 29, 2021By Chris Forrester

SpaceX asks FCC for sat-links to vehicles

SpaceX, which is moving ahead with its broadband-by-satellite service, is asking the FCC for permission to beam signals to moving vehicles, vessels and aircraft. If granted, the SpaceX services will be ‘blanket licensed’ under the FCC’s existing ‘Earth Stations in Motion’ rules and be capable of handling internet services to any moving vehicle including cars […]

March 9, 2021By Chris Forrester

Inmarsat commits to next-gen satellites

London-based Inmarsat says it is going to dramatically expand its existing Global Xpress (GX) fleet with extra satellites. In total, Inmarsat will see seven new satellites delivered over the next 3 years. Inmarsat GX network currently includes five geostationary satellites, with four built by Boeing. Its GX5 satellite, built by ThalesAleniaSpace, was brought into commercial […]

January 6, 2021By Chris Forrester

Inmarsat GX5 starts earning its keep

London-based satellite operator Inmarsat has brought its latest satellite, GX5, into service. It is the 14th satellite currently in service with Inmarsat and provides additional capacity to Europe and the Middle East on the Global Xpress (GX) Ka-band high-speed satellite broadband service. GX5 is coming in to service somewhat later than expected having originally been […]

December 15, 2020

Inmarsat to adopt CSG monetising solution for Mobile

London-based satellite operator Inmarsat says it is further developing its relationship with CSG to deliver Cloud services and monetisation of its mobile broadband services. As part of this multi-year agreement, Inmarsat is moving its billing and revenue management operations to a consolidated, cloud-based managed services model developed by CSG, replacing existing third-party and bespoke legacy […]

November 4, 2020By Chris Forrester

Ligado raises $3.85bn for terrestrial L-band

Ligado Networks has raised $3.85 billion in fresh capital from investors including JPMorgan Chase. Ligado Networks, formerly known as LightSquared has a spectrum “sharing” agreement in place which requires it to pay significant sums to Inmarsat every year. The FCC, back in April, unanimously approved Ligado’s plan to deploy a terrestrial network in the US […]

October 28, 2020By Chris Forrester

Inmarsat, Hughes seek free in-flight WiFi

Reports have emerged that London-based satellite operator Inmarsat had “secretly” linked with Hughes Network System to collaborate on winning a major slice of the world’s in-flight broadband services, and bringing costs down to zero for travellers. Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce described the link with Hughes (a business owned by Charlie Ergen’s EchoStar) as a “game […]

October 27, 2020By Chris Forrester

Inmarsat gets some Speedcast cash

Barely 48 hours after demanding that Australia-based satellite services company Speedcast (in bankruptcy) pay up its debts, Inmarsat relaxed its demand. London-based Inmarsat had outstanding invoices to Speedcast of almost $26 million. Inmarsat is the second-largest creditor for Speedcast. Inmarsat filed a motion with Speedcast’s bankruptcy court and asking the court to order Speedcast to […]

July 20, 2020By Chris Forrester

Inmarsat demands Speedcast payment

Last week Australia-based Speedcast (in bankruptcy reconstruction) struck an agreement with Intelsat (in Chapter 11 bankruptcy) which will see Speedcast continue its relationship with Intelsat over the next 15 months and pay what it owes to Intelsat. Speedcast owed Intelsat $45 million of old pre-bankruptcy invoices and will pay $24 million to cover obligations through […]

July 16, 2020