Inmarsat I4 Satellites Will Be Six Times Faster

 - November 26, 2007, 7:26 AM

Inmarsat, the global satellite-communications company, is preparing the next generation of its geostationary satellites, which a spokesman said will be far more capable than those now in orbit supporting voice, fax and Swift64 data services.

Simon Tudge, aeronautical business marketing manager for London-based Inmarsat, told AIN that when the Inmarsat I4 satellites begin to enter service in late 2005 they will provide up to 432 kilobytes per second for each channel of bandwidth. He said the first three I4 spacecraft are scheduled for launch next year. Each I4 satellite will transmit more than 240 tightly focused spot beams carrying a number of non-interfering channels.