Introduction to Global Xpress
Broadband has changed beyond recognition from the first data services we used. Not just in speed, but the variety of devices we access it through and our expectation to be constantly connected.
The performance and flexibility we get at home or the office are now coming to the satellite world. It’s called Global Xpress and it’s the first global superfast broadband.
The First Global Superfast Broadband
The next-generation Inmarsat-5 (I-5) satellites to form the heart of this network are being built by US manufacturer Boeing, based on its powerful 702HP platform.
Based on Ka-band technology, the Inmarsat-5s will offer broadband downlink speeds of up to 50Mbps around the world, and up to 5Mbps over the uplink. Each satellite will have a combination of fixed narrow spot beams that enable Inmarsat to deliver higher speeds through more compact terminals; and steerable beams so additional capacity can be directed in real-time to where it’s needed.
User terminals for Global Xpress will be available in mobile, portable and fixed formats for customers on land, at sea and in the air.
They will support connectivity for smartphones, tablets and laptops and will enable more bandwidth-intensive video applications, alongside standard applications at a much faster speed.
More Than Just A Data Connection
As well as being superfast and reliable, Global Xpress will be much more than a fatter pipe. Inmarsat’s vision is to create a rich application and content environment.
Together with Cisco, Inmarsat are developing a new platform for advanced applications such as TV on demand, telepresence and collaborative working. And because Global Xpress is an all-IP environment, it enables point-and-click capability for a simple and consistent user experience worldwide.
Inmarsat Global Xpress will transform today’s piecemeal approach to high-speed broadband satellite communications by bringing reliable, end-to-end global connectivity from a single trusted supplier.
Investing For Growth
Global Xpress represents a fully-funded US$1.2 billion investment programme over 4.5 years. This incorporates the space segment (satellites, launches and insurance), the cost of additional ground network infrastructure and product development. Each satellite is expected to have a commercial life of 15 years.
Global Xpress will enable Inmarsat to address a US$1.9 billion market opportunity in VSAT services. Their stated goal is to achieve US$500 million in annual Ka-band revenues five years after the global service launch.