Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), a provider of global mobile satellite communications services, announced on February 4 that Inmarsat-5 F1, the first in its fleet of three Global Xpress® (GX) satellites, has successfully completed its orbital deployment stages on schedule. Inmarsat and Boeing engineers, working from Inmarsat’s GX teleport in Nemea, Greece, are now beginning a month of comprehensive payload testing in preparation for commencing live end-to-end testing of the high-speed, mobile broadband GX connectivity services, scheduled to start in March.

From its geostationary orbital location at 62.6 degrees East, Inmarsat-5 F1 will offer high-throughput broadband services for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The satellite, built by manufacturing partner Boeing, features 89 beams and 6 steerable high-power spot beams, which will enable Inmarsat to dynamically increase capacity based on customer demand.

Inmarsat-5 F1