According to Inmarsat, services including FleetBroadband were transferred overnight during a regular maintenance window. Both satellites will continue to jointly provide services over the EMEA region until the remaining two services (L-TAC and IsatData Pro) still carried out by the I-4 F2 are also transferred to Alphasat.
This is scheduled to happen by the end of Q2 2015, whereupon the I-4 F2 will be flown to a new orbital position to create a fourth L-band region, serving the Middle East and Asia (MEAS). Commercial services, including FleetBroadband, are due to begin operation in this new region by the end of 2015.
“Transitioning our EMEA L-band services to Alphasat enhances Inmarsat’s capabilities in this key region: adding additional capacity and providing us with a platform for new and enhanced services for our maritime, aviation and land customers,” said Ruy Pinto, group COO at Inmarsat.
“Of equal importance, Alphasat allows us to create a fourth satellite region, addressing the increasing need for our highly reliable and secure voice and data connectivity in a region where we are seeing the greatest growth in demand for Inmarsat’s services.”