Breakthroughs in the adoption of technology have often been unlocked by a new combination of existing elements. Skyscrapers and the benefits of city living only make sense once the elevator is created. Subterranean railways were a smoke-filled endurance test before their electrification.
When airline executives experienced Inmarsat’s GX for Aviation’s high-speed broadband during test flights, it felt like a breakthrough.
This is because Global Xpress is the world’s first truly global Ka-band satellite network. Rather than being a make-do solution of borrowed technology from other industries, Global Xpress is designed by Inmarsat to provide an all-in-one solution.
The Global Xpress network will power both GX for Aviation, connecting passengers for airlines, while coverage for business jets will come via Jet ConneX.
So what is the combination of technologies that means Global Xpress can provide airline-shaped broadband?
Global Xpress provides worldwide coverage with a constellation of three, geostationary, Ka-band satellites. The first satellite covers Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, the second the Americas and the Atlantic region with a third providing for the Pacific Ocean region. Inmarsat’s fourth Global Xpress satellite is be launched in the near future, adding additional redundancy and regional depth of capacity over one third of the network.
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