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LightSquared Triggers Agreement With Inmarsat to Expand Spectrum - Via Satellite -
LightSquared has triggered a cooperation agreement signed with Inmarsat more than two years ago to acquire spectrum for LightSquared’s planned 4G-LTE satellite and mobile broadband network, the companies announced Aug. 18 [2010]
LightSquared  Inmarsat  Viasatellite 
august 2018 by pierredv
Space Situational Awareness in the Era of Megaconstellations - Mark Dickinson (Inmarsat, SDA) - Via Satellite - May 2018
"The problem is, as we move into the era of nanosat and CubeSats, the barriers to entry are low and many of these operators aren’t fully aware of the regulations and international standards that they need to adhere to."

"the potential for a big data problem, where operators get CA warnings when they are not needed and they don’t understand how to react to data delivered ... As space becomes more congested, with more objects, and likely more CA warnings, it will only become more of an issue"
ViaSatellite  SSA  satellite  Inmarsat  SDA 
may 2018 by pierredv
LEO constellation rush not a threat to Iridium, CEO says - SpaceNews.com Apr 2018
"Large constellations of satellites planned for low Earth orbit (LEO) present little threat to Iridium’s business despite sharing the same orbit, CEO Matt Desch said April 26."

"Both Iridium’s legacy satellite constellation and its upgraded Iridium Next fleet that is mid-deployment operate using L-band frequencies. L-band is smaller swath of spectrum that can’t offer the same high throughputs as higher frequency spectrum like Ku- and Ka-band, but is known for its robust signal strength, often making it the frequency of choice for safety communications. Most large LEO constellations that have gained significant attention, including SpaceX, OneWeb, Telesat, LeoSat and Kepler Communications, are designing satellites in Ku and/or Ka-band."

"Iridium reported a 14-percent increase in revenue growth for the first three months of 2018 as compared to the same period last year. Money generated from Iridium subscribers, which numbered 996,000 as of March 31 and make up 75 percent of the company’s total revenue base, grew 10 percent."

"Desch said the majority of network traffic going through Iridium is now on the company’s Next satellites, of which 50 out of 66 are currently in orbit. "

"Iridium has since 2014 sought approval from the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) to break competitor Inmarsat’s sole hold on emergency maritime communications."
SpaceNews  Iridium  LEO  investing  finance  satellite  L-band  Inmarsat  maritime 
april 2018 by pierredv
November/December 2017 - Inmarsat CEO and the $1 Billion Target | Via Satellite Nov 2017
"Can Inmarsat create a $1 billion dollar revenue stream in aviation? Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce is confident the company can do this in around 10 years’ time. It is an ambitious projection, but recent deals with the likes of Qatar Airways and Avianca underline there is still huge potential in this business for Inmarsat and others."

"But aviation is more than just In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) for Inmarsat. The company has three other aviation businesses — government, business and general aviation — and its safety business. What matters to Inmarsat in the medium term is free cash flow generation, meaning that gross margin, net profit margin and capital expenditure levels are vital to the trajectory of its business."

IOT: “The utility for satellite is that you can put connectivity through a very small device on your car or on your train and the applications are many and various. For trains, you are looking at next generation signaling, safety management and operation of the cargo. For cars, you are looking at Over-the-Air (OTA) updates to patch software and protect the vehicle,” he says. “You are also looking at a new era of telematics and treating cars as a large community that you can track and draw situational awareness from.”
ViaSatellite  aviation  broadband  Inmarsat  In-Flight-Connectivity  IFC  IoT 
november 2017 by pierredv
MSS: Inmarsat failed to meet required milestones, says ViaSat | PolicyTracker: Nov 2017
"Inmarsat was one of two companies granted spectrum for mobile satellite services by a European Commission decision in 2009. The original expectation was that this would be used for mobile TV, other multimedia services or rural broadband services but it is now being used in an emerging new market: onboard WiFi for aircraft. The Commission decision was controversial because it allowed operators to use complementary ground components (CGCs) – terrestrial base stations – as part of their satellite network."
PolicyTracker  Inmarsat  ViaSat  CGC  ATC  satellite  MSS 
november 2017 by pierredv
Security Flaws in Inmarsat Maritime Platform Revealed by IOActive - Via Satellite - Oct 2017
"IOActive has released a new advisory documenting critical cybersecurity vulnerabilities affecting Stratos Global’s AmosConnect communication shipboard platform. Stratos Global, which Inmarsat acquired in 2009, provides communication services to thousands of ship vessels globally."

"The flaws IOActive discovered include blind Structured Query Language (SQL) injection in a login form, and a backdoor account that provides full system privileges that could allow remote unauthenticated attackers to execute arbitrary code on the AmosConnect server."

"According to IOActive, it informed Inmarsat of the vulnerabilities in October 2016, and completed the disclosure process in July of 2017. Inmarsat has since discontinued the AmmosConnect 8.0 (AC8) version of the platform but had also issued a security patch to reduce the risk potentially posed."

Inmarsat: “It is important to note that this vulnerability would have been very difficult to exploit as it would require direct access to the shipboard PC that ran the AC8 email client. . . ."
ViaSatellite  cybersecurity  satellite  Inmarsat 
october 2017 by pierredv
Inmarsat On Track With EAN Roll-Out, Despite Challenges | Aviation Week Oct 2017
"Inmarsat still expects the European Aviation Network (EAN) to be operational by the end of the year, despite an attempt by rival satellite operators to block it. "

"Inmarsat and telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom are developing the broadband offering, which uses both satellite and Long-Term Evolution (LTE)-based ground networks to provide high-speed inflight internet over Europe. International Airlines Group (IAG) became the launch customer for the service in March, and has indicated plans to equip more than 300 of its airlines’ aircraft to use it."

"But two other satellite companies are asking regulators to stop the EAN roll-out, claiming Inmarsat is misusing its grant of 2GHz spectrum by primarily deploying an air-to-ground network.
California-based ViaSat filed a complaint against the European Commission (EC) in April, which Eutelsat joined in July. The two companies have a partnership to offer broadband services in the European market."
AviationWeek  Inmarsat  DeutscheTelekom  LTE  aviation  broadband  ViaSat  Eutelsat 
october 2017 by pierredv
That Time When Intelsat, Inmarsat and SES Joined to Defend Spectrum - From our Archive - Via Satellite -Via Satellite
"In 2007, Via Satellite awarded its Satellite Executive of the Year honors to three leading spectrum executives from operators Intelsat, Inmarsat and SES for crafting a unified message that helped preserve C-band spectrum access for the industry. Ten years later, Intelsat and Intel have made waves with a joint FCC proposition that opens the door to sharing C-band spectrum with mobile operators. Looking back to our 2007 SEOTY award winners explains some of the history behind the strong response to the proposal."

"The satellite industry’s use of C-band spectrum faced a serious threat in 2007, but a well-organized effort involving satellite players around the globe fended off terrestrial companies seeking a foothold in the band."

"The scope and complexity of this effort involved representatives from companies around the globe, and the task of keeping the different satellite-related companies unified in their message and organized through the months leading up to WRC-07 and throughout the meeting was a gargantuan one."

"We were aware of the WRC agenda item since WRC-03. However, the responsibility for this issue had been placed in ITU Working Group 8F, which was dominated by supporters of IMT."

"It has been a wake-up call in the sense that the message is now loud and clear — we are fighting for spectrum in competition with emerging terrestrial wireless services, both to keep our existing operations intact as well as to grow our own new services including mobile and broadband."
ViaSatellite  Intelsat  Inmarsat  SES  satellite  history  C-band  IMT  WRC-07  cellular  lobbying  ITU 
october 2017 by pierredv
Cobham SATCOM Announces New UAV Satellite Communications Solution | Unmanned Systems Technology, Apr 2016
Cobham SATCOM, a provider of communications solutions, has announced that it has developed what it claims is the world’s smallest and lightest Inmarsat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) satcom solution – the 1.45kg AVIATOR UAV 200.
Cobham  satellite  Inmarsat  UAV  press-release 
august 2017 by pierredv
Living Room Connectivity at 24,000 ft | Things With Wings, Aviation Week Jul 2017
"Inmarsat’s Ka-band broadband service, called GX Aviation, and Honeywell’s receiving equipment (the antenna and associated electronics), known as JetWave. "

"Inmarsat’s I-5 satellites, which provide the backbone for GX, have a theoretical maximum of 50 Mbps for each Ka-band receiver that hooks up. "

"On the crown of the aircraft is the Ka-band steerable antenna (see picture below - looking down from above, without the dome), which rotates 0-90 degrees around one axis and 360 degrees around the other, making it be able to point anywhere in the hemisphere above the aircraft. Mounted below the antenna and also under the dome are two receivers (allowing Honeywell to track two I-5 spot beams simultaneously in areas where the beams overlap, always staying connected) and a power amplifier with up-converter and down-converter. "
HTS  satellite  broadband  Inmarsat  Ka-band  AviationWeek 
july 2017 by pierredv
Inmarsat’s Ka-Band Satcom Paradigm Shift | EBACE 2017 content from Aviation Week, May 2017
"Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX Ka-band satcom service is soaring, with this week’s announcements by Bombardier, Dassault and Embraer about equipping their aircraft with the high-speed satcom systems. Suddenly, L-Band and Ku-band hardware seem passé. Jet ConneX typically provides 15 Mbps download speeds for business aircraft, with others providing a mere 6 Mbps or even just 1."

"Inmarsat has three fifth-generation I-5 satcom satellites parked over Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean regions. Each provide 89 spot beams, providing global satcom coverage up to 82-deg. latitude. A fourth, recently launched I-5 is being positioned to boost capacity even further. Inmarsat plans to launch two additional Ka-band-capable satellites in the early 2020s to add even more capability."
AviationWeek  Inmarsat  HTS  satellite  aviation  broadband  Ka-band 
may 2017 by pierredv
Germany blocks use of MSS S-band for in-flight connectivity
Germany seems to be blocking Inmarsat's plans because DT has invested heavily in an alternative "Aero CGC services are a new initiative by Inmarsat to provide in-flight Wi-Fi using a hybrid of satellite and earth stations. Inmarsat wants to be able to roll out these services using the 2 x 15 MHz assignment of pan-European spectrum (1980-2010 MHz and 2170-2200 MHz) it gained following the 2008 EC Decision. " "Direct Air to Ground Communication (DA2GC). PolicyTracker understands that DA2GC is a big programme for Deutsche Telekom. . . . The technology could access the unused “unpaired 2 GHz band”, sold as TDD UMTS bands in Germany's expensive 2000 auction. "
PolicyTracker  air-to-ground  aviation  CGC  ATC  Inmarsat  DeutscheTelekom  COCOM  CEPT  Aero 
september 2014 by pierredv
Mobile operators push for liberalisation of 2 GHz MSS spectrum — PolicyTracker: the spectrum management newsletter
"In the search for more spectrum for wireless broadband services, some European mobile operators have focused on the as-yet-unused 2.1 GHz mobile satellite spectrum (MSS) band. Regulators have so far only considered the possibility of withdrawing current MSS licences and reallocating the band to terrestrial uses, but that neglects the potential market-oriented approach of liberalising the band and letting MSS operators deal directly with terrestrial providers, as the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has done, some operators say. One satellite operator disagrees. " From SFR chief frequency officer Thomas Welter: “It's a question of timing,” said Welter. “We just came out of the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz auctions, refarming of 1800 MHz spectrum is possible, plus the 700 MHz band is being discussed. There is no immediate need to acquire new spectrum."
SES  RSPG  satellite  Solaris  Mobile  Inmarsat  PolicyTracker  DISH  LightSquared  MSS  SFR 
august 2013 by pierredv
Wall Street Finally Starting to Understand High Throughput Satellites = Summit Ridge Group Jul 2013
"A recent Morgan Stanley research report suggest they are cooling on their view of SES, in part, due to the expanded capacity upcoming High Throughput Satellites (HTS) may bring the industry. Each of these satellites has 40x to 100x the capacity of a traditional single-beam satellite. The Morgan Stanley report estimates that industry capacity may increase by 75% by 2016. We suspect the actual capacity increase may much higher by 2017-2018."
satellite  High  Throughput  Satellites  Inmarsat  ex  Armand  Musey 
july 2013 by pierredv
Inmarsat's LightSquared deal activated | Reuters Aug 2010
"British satellite firm Inmarsat (ISA.L) said on Wednesday its U.S. peer LightSquared had activated a spectrum co-operation agreement ... Inmarsat, whose satellites provide voice, data and broadband services to shipping and aircraft, said the agreement would enable the companies to carve up their satellite spectrum over North America more efficiently and allow LightSquared to start 4G services. "
ex  Reuters  Inmarsat  LightSquared 
july 2013 by pierredv
EDGAR Filing Documents for 0001144204-07-068694
Skyterra filings - Inmarsat coordination agreement was filed as an exhibit to an 8K by SkyTerra on Dec 21, 2007. See Exhibit 10.1 (via Tim Farrar)
MSV  SEC  via  Tim  Farrar  Inmarsat  SkyTerra  Edgar  filing  LightSquared 
july 2013 by pierredv
Decisions, decisions… TMF Blog April 2012
The news this morning that LightSquared has made the $56.25M payment to Inmarsat that was due in February and in exchange gained two years “breathing space” before any additional payments need to be made, is in line with the deal that I noted was on the table two weeks ago, and shows that Harbinger is still attaching importance to its spectrum rights under the agreement with Inmarsat as it tries to argue for a “spectrum swap”.
satellite  contract  agreement  Inmarsat  LightSquared  receivers 
july 2013 by pierredv
LightSquared's Latest Troubles Are with Satellite Partner Inmarsat - Mobile and Wireless - News & Reviews - eWeek.com
"Sprint LTE ally LightSquared and satellite company Inmarsat are publically airing a dispute, the latest trouble that the hopeful 4G network has come into. Inmarsat announced in a Feb. 20 press release that LightSquared has failed to make a $56.25 million payment, due upon completion of a "Phase 1 transition." Consequently, Inmarsat has issued a notice of default to LightSquared, in keeping with the terms of the pair's agreement."
satellite  contract  interference  Inmarsat  MSS  LightSquared 
july 2013 by pierredv
2007 Inmarsat LightSquared Cooperation Agreement
Cooperation Agreement dated as of December 20, 2007 by and among Mobile Satellite Ventures LP, Mobile Satellite Ventures (Canada) Inc., Skyterra Communications, Inc. and Inmarsat Global Limited
satellite  MSV  Inmarsat  LightSquared 
may 2013 by pierredv
he default outcome… TMF Associates MSS blog = Feb 2012
"Today news has emerged that LightSquared have failed to make the $56.25M payment to Inmarsat that was due upon completion of the Phase 1 spectrum transition, which Inmarsat certified was complete on Saturday February 18. . . . Intriguingly, Inmarsat apparently believe that it is not necessary to actually fit filters to their terminals in order to fulfil the Phase 1 conditions, simply that they must be willing to accept any interference generated by LightSquared’s terrestrial operations"
Tim  Farrar  satellite  interference  Inmarsat  LightSquared 
april 2013 by pierredv

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