Description: Inmarsat was the
world's first global mobile satellite communications operator
and is still the only one to offer a mature range of modern
communications services to maritime, land-mobile, aeronautical
and other users.
as a maritime-focused intergovernmental organization over 20
years ago, Inmarsat has been a limited company since 1999, serving
a broad range of markets. Starting with a user base of 900 ships
in the early 1980s, it now supports links for phone, fax and
data communications at up to 64kbit/s to more than 250,000 ship,
vehicle, aircraft and portable terminals. That number is growing
at several thousands a month.
Ltd is a subsidiary of Inmarsat Ventures Ltd. It operates a
constellation of geostationary satellites designed to extend
phone, fax and data communications all over the world. The constellation
comprises five third-generation satellites backed up by four
satellites are controlled from Inmarsat's headquarters in London,
which is also home to Inmarsat Ventures as well as the small
IGO created to supervise the company's public-service duties
for the maritime community (Global Maritime Distress and Safety
System) and aviation (air traffic control communications). Inmarsat
has regional offices in Dubai, Singapore and India.
Inmarsat system is used by independent service providers to
offer a range of voice and multimedia communications. Users
include ship owners and managers, journalists and broadcasters,
health and disaster-relief workers, land transport fleet operators,
airlines, airline passengers and air traffic controllers, government
workers, national emergency and civil defence agencies, and
Inmarsat business strategy is to pursue a range of new opportunities
at the convergence of information technology, telecoms and mobility
while continuing to serve traditional maritime, aeronautical,
land-mobile and remote-area markets.
of the strategy is the new Inmarsat I-4 satellite system, which
from 2005 will support the Inmarsat Broadband Global Area Network
(B-GAN) - mobile data communications at up to 432kbit/s for
Internet access, mobile multimedia and many other advanced applications.