Inmarsat to relocate its I-4 F2 satellite over Indian Ocean

An Inmarsat I-4 satellite.
An Inmarsat I-4 satellite.

Inmarsat is relocating its Inmarsat-4 F2 (I-4 F2) communications satellite to a new orbital position above the Indian Ocean, so creating a fourth full-service L-band region for customers in the Middle East and Asia (MEAS).

The MEAS region is scheduled to commence commercial services by the end of 2015 and will address increasing demand in the fastest growing region for Inmarsat’s L-band services, which includes SwiftBroadband

The announcement follows the successful transition of Inmarsat’s L-band voice and broadband data services for the EMEA region from I-4 F2 to Alphasat, the largest European telecommunications satellite ever built.

Alphasat was built through a public–private partnership (PPP) between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Inmarsat, and remains one of the largest PPP telecom projects in Europe.

It was constructed under the ESA initiative to provide a new spacecraft platform (Alphabus), capable of carrying the largest state-of-the-art communications payload.

The successful deployment of Alphasat was one of the key components in Inmarsat’s upcoming certification of satellite-based aviation safety services.

Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat, said: “Alphasat has already significantly enhanced our L-band capabilities across our highest traffic region of EMEA, adding both additional capacity and providing us with a platform for delivering new and enhanced services.

“Now, with Alphasat in full service, we can move I-4 F2 to provide additional capacity in our highest growth, Indian Ocean region. By creating a fourth region, we are making optimum use of what is a now a uniquely powerful and capable, four-satellite, global L-band fleet.”

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