Inmarsat plans to invest US $1.2 billion in setting up a new high-speed satellite communications service.
Global Xpress, currently pencilled in for a 2014 launch, will deliver mobile broadband speeds of up to 50MB/s, using terminals of 20-60cm in size.
Inmarsat offers global communications services that cover remote areas outside of normal mobile and wireless internet coverage. Its services are popular with media correspondents, who use them to file video reports.
“With the Global Xpress network, we will be the first operator to offer global mobile broadband coverage, offering unparalleled speeds and bandwidth to customers in remote locations around the world,” said Andrew Sukawaty, chairman and CEO of Inmarsat.
“Global Xpress will be faster and less expensive than current Ku-band market offerings, delivered to smaller and cheaper terminals and be the first offered on a seamless, global, end to end basis with high quality of service.
“Picture 50MB/s services to a ship or aircraft and 10MB/s to an antenna the size of an iPad (20cm)!”