Inmarsat Launches Global Xpress Inmarsat-5 F2 Satellite

Global Xpress will deliver broadband speeds more than 100 times faster than the company’s fourth generation (I-4) constellation.

Inmarsatsuccessfully launched its Global Xpress 5 F2 (I-5 F2)  satellite Sunday, Feb. 1 from the Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The satellite is the company’s next step in providing Global Xpress (GX), its globally available high-speed mobile broadband Ka-band service.

Inmarsat’s fifth generation satellites – which form the GX network – have all been built at the Boeing Satellite Systems International facility in California. The launch was managed by International Launch Services via a Russian Proton-M rocket.

Global Xpress will deliver broadband speeds more than 100 times faster than the company’s fourth generation (I-4) constellation. It will enhance connectivity and provide users with access for bandwidth-hungry applications, even in the remotest and most inaccessible regions of the world.

Following the launch of the third Global Xpress satellite –Inmarsat-5 F3–scheduled for early Q2 2015, Inmarsat is planning to commence global commercial GX services early in the second half of the year.

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