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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

Inmarsat: “EAN not impacted by OneWeb/Galileo”

The Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom-developed European Aviation Network (EAN) is open to all aircraft including those registered or operating out of the UK as well as the other 27 European nations plus Norway and Switzerland. A recent report suggested that there might be problems for a rival UK service to Europe’s Galileo satellite positioning system […]

July 7, 2020By Chris Forrester

Inmarsat/Hughes object to SES/Intelsat C-band plan

Inmarsat and Hughes Network Systems have joined Eutelsat in objecting to the FCC’s current C-band auction rules. The pair say that the FCC’s incentive scheme favours Intelsat and SES and will give the two satellite giants an unfair competitive advantage. Inmarsat and Hughes (and EchoStar Satellite Services) have written to the FCC saying they agree […]

July 2, 2020By Chris Forrester

Inmarsat’s Shave appointed Chair of UKspace

Nick Shave is set to take over as Chair of UKspace, the trade association of the UK space industry. Shave described space as a “critical strategic asset for the nation” and called for “even greater collaboration between the space industry and Government as a new National Space Strategy is developed.” Shave, who is Vice President […]

July 2, 2020

Inmarsat: In-flight data-rates of 100 MB/s

London-based satellite operator Inmarsat says its European Aviation Network (EAN) in-flight broadband system, and used by companies such as British Airways, is now capable of handling video and data at around 100 MB/s – and more. Inmarsat launched its EAN system in March 2019 and anticipated peak traffic limits at about 75 Mb/s but says […]

June 16, 2020By Chris Forrester