Inmarsat strengthens leadership in the Arctic region
Satellite operator Inmarsat, positioning itself as the sole leader in the field of seamless global satellite communications, but experiencing constant and serious competition from such market players as Iridium and Thuraya, offers a satellite resource in the Arctic – in a strategic region that is rapidly turning into an arena of fierce struggle for influence among the Arctic states. This project is being implemented by Inmarsat in partnership with the Norwegian company Space Norway and its subsidiary Space Norway HEOSAT.
Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) in the Arctic is an impressive communication opportunity for government and commercial organizations that are in dire need of guaranteed high-speed satellite services in such a promising region. The Northern Sea Trade Route, the melting of glaciers, the expansion of shipping in the Arctic and other factors force the intensive development of related industries, including infrastructure projects and global services focused on commercial and cruise shipping, fishing, mining and other industries where the need for stable communication is not dictated only the needs of the crew and passengers, but also the safety standards and requirements for ship equipment.
The bandwidth of the Inmarsat satellite network, the flexibility of the service, and the ability to customize to the specific requirements of user groups, taking into account the volume and frequency of traffic, are very attractive for the rapidly developing Arctic market. The satellite operator Inmarsat offers a satellite resource up to the 75th parallel, due to which the GX satellite antennas can operate in a mode with a much higher elevation angle, and in connection with this, their productivity increases dramatically.
Inmarsat acts in line with the obvious trend towards the expansion of commercial activities in the Arctic region, taking into account climate change and the ever-increasing activity of commercial and state structures in the Arctic. In this sense, 2018 was a very significant year, since, for example, a record 18 million tons of cargo were transported along the Northern Sea Route. In addition, the activity of cruise shipping, and especially fishing, increased significantly. Further climate change will contribute to the tendency to work actively in the Arctic, and with it the tendency to carry out more active regional monitoring of ships. At the beginning of the year, the European Union and 9 states agreed to ban fishing on an area of 2.8 million square kilometers at high latitudes, therefore, monitoring the implementation of this ban alone will require an impressive communication resource, which Inmarsat offers.
Inmarsat invests in GX satellites (7, 8, 9), with the help of which this project will be developed, throughput, flexibility of Inmarsat Fleet Xpress will grow. The new satellites will be operated by Space Norway and will be deployed in highly elliptical orbits, covering an area above the 65th parallel. In the future, the network will expand, new resources are also planned to be introduced in 2022, and all of them will be compatible with current ones, so current Fleet Xpress customers will constantly improve their communication capabilities while working in the Arctic region.
Inmarsat Global Xpress has been operating since 2015 and is a global mobile satellite broadband network, occupying a leading market position not only in the maritime, but also in the aviation industry. The 85% increase in revenue in 2018 is a serious confirmation of the success of the chosen path of Inmarsat development.
Inmarsat Ronald Spithaut In his speech, Inmarsat Maritime President of the Maritime Division, Mr. Ronald Spithout, thanked Space Norway for the encouraging partnership, noting that Norway has been Inmarsat’s key partner for many years. A research center based at the University of Norway is located in Norway, and this partnership is one of the excellent results of this relationship. The President also notes that more than seven thousand ships are already using Inmarsat Fleet Xpress, strengthening not only current communications, but also future work.
In turn, the Director General of Space Norway, Mr. Jostein Rønnerberg (Jostein Rønnerberg), that in cooperation with Inmarsat creates strategic potential for the development of the Arctic industries, including fishing, rescue services, engineering and research enterprises, military and other structures. The joint efforts of major players, especially such as Inmarsat, always evoke pride and confidence in the future, providing exceptional opportunities for the development of those who work beyond the Arctic Circle.