Inmarsat‘s rapid growth of inflight broadband capacity continues with Space Norway agreement

Award-winning GX Aviation and Jet ConneX solutions will soon offer airline and business aviation customers extra coverage and capacity in higher elevations and across the Arctic.

Inmarsat has announced another significant investment in the future development of its Global Xpress (GX) satellite network, which powers the award-winning GX Aviation and Jet ConneX inflight broadband solutions.

Only a month after selecting Airbus Defence & Space to build three ground-breaking new satellites for the GX network comes news that even more capacity is being added for aircraft flying in higher elevations and across the Arctic, this time in partnership with Space Norway and its subsidiary Space Norway HEOSAT.

The new payloads, GX10A & 10B, will provide Inmarsat’s airline and business aviation customers with even more capacity to meet rapidly growing demand for seamless, reliable, high-speed mobile inflight broadband. In addition, the satellites will be fully compatible with current and future terminals, ensuring that both existing and new customers will reap the benefits from this latest extension to the network.

“Over the past 40 years, Inmarsat has pioneered the latest in cutting-edge satellite innovation, a tradition we are proud to continue with the long-term development of our GX network,” explains Philip Balaam, President of Inmarsat Aviation. “In the past month alone, we have announced five significant new payloads, raising the bar for industry investment and marking an unprecedented step-change in inflight mobile broadband capabilities for airlines and business aviation.”

Scheduled to launch in 2022, GX10A & 10B will be the first satellites in the GX network to be placed into Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO), showcasing Inmarsat’s highly innovative and flexible approach to providing customers with gold-standard connectivity. They will be operated by Space Norway’s Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission (ABSM) team and seamlessly integrate into the GX network.

Global Xpress satellites orbiting Earth

“These will further increase network flexibility and efficiency through multi-beam, high-throughput capacity that can be directed to service areas of high demand, and fully dialled up and down depending on customer needs in the region,” adds Balaam.

Inmarsat’s continued investment in infrastructure development is not limited to satellites, as Balaam is keen to point out. “GX is a complete end-to-end solution and we have been equally ambitious in developing our ground stations, hardware, software and cybersecurity framework,” he states. “This infrastructure, built specifically for robust and secure mobility, is unique to Inmarsat and will position us as an innovator putting our customer needs at the heart of our business decisions.”

The GX network powers Inmarsat’s award-winning GX Aviation, which boasts world-leading airline customers such as Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, AirAsia, Norwegian, Avianca, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings, Citilink, Garuda and Philippine Airlines. The network also powers Inmarsat’s highly successful Jet ConneX inflight broadband solution, which has already been installed on more than 500 business aviation aircraft across the world.