Inmarsat has reported that the first Inmarsat-5 Ka-band satellite in its Global Xpress constellation has arrived at its geosynchronous orbital location, and has begun payload testing.
Christmas has come a week early for Inmarsat as the company has announced that it is to acquire distribution partner Globe Wireless for $45 million, while also confirming the signing of a deal to make its largest maritime partner Astrium Services a distributor for Global Xpress.
Inmarsat has successfully launched the first of three Global Xpress (GX) satellites, a major step forward in its bid to create the first global Ka-band satellite network for commercial use.
Inmarsat has reported that MOL Ship Management has commenced migrating over 100 vessels to its FleetBroadband 6GB plan to enhance both crew welfare and business operations.
Software giant Microsoft has expressed an interest in developing an adapted version of its popular Skype product for use over satellite, according to Inmarsat.
Astrium has reported that the Alphasat satellite launched in late July 2013, expected to add additional capacity to Inmarsat's FleetBroadband network, has been successfully tested and moved to its operational orbital position.
Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce has confirmed that the company now expects to launch the first of the satellites for its Global Xpress Ka-band service in the first half of December.
Inmarsat has announced that it has triggered an option to purchase a fourth Inmarsat-5 satellite, under its existing contract with Boeing Satellite Systems International, while also confirming plans to increase prices on its E&E services by nearly half.
Inmarsat has pledged to freeze its FleetBroadband pricing for next year, stating that there will be no price rises on the service up to the end of 2014.
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