The BSN started 2017 with its first networking meeting of UK-based broadcasting and satellite industry professionals on 16 February. Hosted by Inmarsat in London, over 30 BSN members from all areas of the UK industry gathered to meet and discuss the issues of the day. As part of the evening Inmarsat, with some 1,600 staff and 45 offices worldwide, gave an update on their Global Xpress system (GX), which they promote as the first high-speed broadband to span the world – delivering high-speed broadband connectivity on land sea and air by a single operator. Global commercial service introduction was achieved during December 2016 with the launch of the third I5 satellite.
Mike Korotinsky, Sr. Director, GX Products & Services described the GX system, which comprises three latest generation I-5 Ka-band high-speed mobile broadband communications satellites and complementary gateways spanning the globe. Each I-5 satellite is designed to have a commercial life of 15 years minimum and together the three satellites provide the coverage required to deliver global GX services.