Britain's Next-Gen Global Xpress Broadband Satellites Pop Into Space

By Gary Cutlack on at

The first of London-based Inmarsat's Global Xpress satellites has launched from the Baikonaur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, with the aim being to provide a faster global network of broadband for governments, businesses, ships and aeroplanes by the end of 2014.

The new wave of I-5 satellites operate at the Ka-band frequency, which theoretically takes the maximum connection speed to a fibre-like 50Mbps down and 5Mbps up. Two more are scheduled to launch soon, with the idea being to offer the new Ka-band service alongside the older L-band transmissions to those who operate in the middle of the sea, deserts and the sky, but still want the luxury of 24/7 iPlayer access. [BBC]