First live tests of Inmarsat Global Xpress services prepared
Inmarsat’s I-5 F1 satellite is being prepared for the first live end-to-end tests of Global Xpress high-speed, mobile broadband connectivity services.Having successfully completed its orbital deployment stages on schedule, the first satellite in the Global Xpress fleet now begins testing by Inmarsat and Boeing engineers, working from Inmarsat’s Global Xpress teleport in Nemea (Greece). Live end-to-end network tests are scheduled to start in March 2014.
From its location in geosynchronous orbit at 62.6º East, I-5 F1 will offer high-throughput broadband services for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and most of Asia.
The satellite will enable Inmarsat to dynamically increase capacity based on customer demand.
It will be capable of delivering download speeds of up to 50 Mbps on land, at sea and in the air, virtually anywhere in the world.
The unique combination of global Ka-band coverage from a single operator has already attracted significant interest from potential government and commercial users across the world
The second and third I-5 satellites are scheduled for launch later this year.