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INMARSAT LAUNCHES FIFTH SATELLITE FOR INCREASED BROADBAND CAPACITY

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 

Inmarsat has confirmed the successful launch of GX5, the fifth satellite in the Global Xpress (GX) fleet delivering Fleet Xpress high-speed maritime broadband services.

The satellite was built by Thales Alenia Space and lifted into orbit by an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA-3) in Kourou, French Guiana. Telemetry was successfully acquired shortly after separation and the mission is proceeding to plan.

Scheduled to enter commercial service in early 2020, GX5 will deliver additional focused broadband capacity over Europe and the Middle East in response to demand for high-capacity broadband. GX5 will deliver more capacity into the region than the existing four satellites in the Global Xpress network (GX1-GX4) combined provide worldwide.

“I am delighted to confirm the successful launch of GX5, the next exciting step in the story of Global Xpress, which has already become the gold standard of worldwide mobile satellite broadband,” said Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat. “This marks the first of eight launches in the coming four years that will grow our world-leading services to meet rapidly-expanding demand, connecting people around the world to reach their full potential. GX5 will also continue to ensure that Inmarsat’s thousands of Global Xpress customers remain at the cutting-edge of global connectivity technologies as their needs evolve.”

“As data use and demand for vessel and crew applications continues to grow we are already seeing data volumes of more than 1 terabyte [1,000 gigabytes] per month per superyacht,” said Inmarsat Maritime President Ronald Spithout. “The successful launch of GX5 heralds a major step forward in meeting that demand with capacity for customers in one of our main markets and the next step in Inmarsat’s unrivalled commitment to the future of maritime connectivity.”

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