Global Xpress from Inmarsat marks five years with big future expansion plans

Global Xpress from Inmarsat marks five years with big future expansion plans

On January 4, 2021, Global Express (GX) network marked 5years since its launch as a high–speed broadband network providing connectivity to a global population. Inmarsat, the British telecommunications giant developed the network. The London based company offers global mobile services using a constellation of satellites located in the Highly Elliptical Orbits(HEO) at about 35,786km altitude. GX network was launched in 2015. It is the only high-speed mobile broadband network that can serve customers anywhere in the globe. GX has transformed industries and customers on a digital scale all over the world. This has improved communication and operations among marine, aerodynamic, defense agencies, and humanitarian work users.

Through a press release, Inmarsat revealed that the GX network had accomplished global coverage. Over the past five years, Inmarsat has added several satellites into the geostationary constellation. These include GX4 launched in November 2019 and the GX5 which was released on December 10, 2020. The GX5 has been serving Europe and the Middle East commercially for some time now perfecting connectivity in these regions to meet consumers’ needs.

“Global Express has had a major impact across multiple industries over the past five years, but the service has only just started to demonstrate its capabilities,” said Rupert Pearce, Inmarsat’s CEO. “When our global network of partners and customers adopt GX, they are doing so as a long-term investment, and we believe it is our responsibility to ensure that this commitment is protected. For this reason and to ensure that we deliver additional capacity ahead of the demand curve, we are in the process of delivering against the most ambitious technology roadmap, the largest, fully-funded investment strategy in our history,” he added.

The additional satellites will increase GX’s capacity. It will also ensure backward compatibility. This means that partners and customers have access to a new age of GX abilities and broadband speeds. Pearce added that GX’s broadband speeds are continually increasing and in the future, they will include special broadband dedicated to the Arctic region. In collaboration with Space Norway, GX will launch two satellites into the HEO. These are the GX10A and GX10B. This will be special broadband designed to suit the Arctic region. The payloads will assimilate to the pre-existing GX networks to meet the demands of users in this region.

Currently, GX is the top mobile broadband network offering connectivity globally. The network provides connectivity services to corporations, governments, and individuals all over the world. It operates in the Ka-band and meets customers’ demands in Europe and the Middle East.GX5, in particular, has more competency than the other four satellites (G1- G4) and is used for aviation Wi-Fi and commercial marine services. GX has the ability to assimilate Ka-band and L-band to provide excellent connectivity and incredible speeds anywhere in the globe at any given time.

Inmarsat targets to launch additional Ka-band payloads between 2021 and 2022. These payloads, GX6A and GX6B, will be carried on the Inmarsat 6 satellite. They will expand GX’s services using both L-band and Ka-band. Together with more sophisticated ground infrastructure technology, they will improve user devices and services.

Another fleet of satellites set to be launched is the GX7, GX8, and GX9. These will be excellent in ensuring that customers do not experience problems during peaks in demand for connectivity services. This set of satellites will have the ability to pinpoint accuracy and compare overlapped competency over hot spots in that area. Inmarsat seeks to fulfill the world’s communication and connectivity demands for now, and for the future.

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