Cookies help us deliver the best experience on our website. By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies Dismiss

Inmarsat ‘not considering’ Thuraya purchase Featured

Inmarsat has refuted reports linking it with a $300m purchase of Thuraya, outlined in an article on the website Spacenews.

{mprestriction ids="2"}The report said that Thuraya was looking to sell to Inmarsat and was believed to have lowered its asking price from an initial figure of $600m, though the story suggests that the revised price of $300m may be too high to entice its potential City Road suitors. In addition, the report notes that the sale of Thuraya to any company outside the UAE would face regulatory hurdles, according to two industry officials referred to in the article.

Digital Ship contacted Inmarsat for comment on these reports, and a spokesperson said that Inmarsat is not considering a deal for the Dubai-based satellite operator. Thuraya was also approached, but offered no comment. 

Thuraya currently has two geosynchronous L-band satellites in operation - one serving Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the other operating across Asia and Australia. Inmarsat is in the process of finalising its own plans for its next constellation, the I-6 series, with no announcement made yet as to whether this will include replacements for its I-4 L-band network, used to provide FleetBroadband services, or payloads in any other frequency band.{/mprestriction}

Related items

Joomla SEF URLs by Artio


Register or Login to view even more of our content. Basic registration is free.

Register now

Digital Ship magazine provides the latest information about maritime satellite communications technology, software systems, navigation technology, computer networks, data management and TMSA. It is published ten times a year.


Digital Ship Ltd
Digital Ship - Digital Energy Journal
39-41 North Road
N7 9DP
United Kingdom

Copyright © 2020 Digital Ship Ltd. All rights reserved           Cookie Policy         Privacy Policy