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Inmarsat Provides BGAN Update

Inmarsat CEO Andy Sukawaty confirmed to Satellite News that everything is on track for the operator's launch of BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) services later this year. Based on Internet Protocol technology, BGAN will deliver data rates of up to half a megabit and the service will be accessed through a small, lightweight satellite terminal. The launch of BGAN services is an integral part of the mobile satelliteW services operator's growth strategy going forward.

Sukawaty told Satellite News, "We have launched the first satellite as you know. The second is scheduled to be launched later this year or early next. The service itself is on track for launch in November. We have got terminals from three of the four manufacturers that we are testing. We have announced nine distribution partners. We have trained people in three regions now. So our channels are being trained on the service."

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