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FleetBroadband to hit 10 Mbps on Inmarsat-6 satellites

The proposed design for the Inmarsat-6 generation of satellites The proposed design for the Inmarsat-6 generation of satellites Airbus Defence and Space

Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce says that he is aiming to introduce 10 Mbps services on FleetBroadband in the early part of the next decade, once the company has completed the launch of its Inmarsat-6 generation of satellites.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Speaking about the changing market for L-band services in the next few years during Inmarsat’s 2016 year end results conference call, particularly in terms of Iridium’s current launch programme, Mr Pearce said that: “Iridium NEXT undoubtedly will be a great step forward for them, I welcome their renewed competition with us – but just as that arrives Inmarsat-6 arrives for us and vaults us ahead again.”

“We'll be looking at multiple megabits per second over FleetBroadband, I'm hoping for 10 Mbps FleetBroadband speeds. My CTO is fighting me over that, saying 'no, no, no, it's got to be 8 Mbps', so I'm going to keep pushing until I get to where I want to be.”

“I think a 10 Mbps FleetBroadband from the 2020s carries on this journey of a very robust, small, cheap, able L-band capability – which will meet the needs of the mid-market today, and meet the needs of the lower end of the market in the years to come.”

Inmarsat’s sixth generation satellite fleet is currently under construction with Airbus Defence and Space, with a $600 million contract for construction of two satellites announced in December 2015.

These satellites will provide the next generation of L-band services while also including a Ka-band payload to augment Global Xpress. Airbus is expected to deliver the first satellite, Inmarsat-6 F1, by 2020, which will be the first satellite in Inmarsat’s history to feature a dual-payload.{/mprestriction}

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