Inmarsat awards contract for GX-5 ground infrastructure to VT iDirect


VT iDirect, a company of VT Systems, announced today that Inmarsat, the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, has awarded the ground infrastructure contract for Inmarsat’s fifth Global Xpress (GX-5) high-speed, broadband communications satellite to VT iDirect.

VT iDirect’s Velocity platform and iQ Series remotes support Inmarsat in delivering the high-speed broadband capabilities of GX-5 at a very low cost per bit. Inmarsat terminals will also be able to seamlessly switch between existing GX capacity and new GX-5 capacity. The agreement builds on a long-standing partnership and reflects Inmarsat’s strategy of adding capacity to its already established, unique, mobile global broadband network, supported by the iDirect Velocity platform, to meet growing customer demand.

VT iDirect’s next-generation technology enables interoperability between DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X which not only drives improved efficiencies but also delivers more Mbps directly to the aircraft or maritime vessel. This, combined with VT iDirect’s unique seamless beam switching and mobility feature set, powers Inmarsat’s state-of-the-art, uninterrupted, global connectivity service.

“VT iDirect’s partnership with Inmarsat focuses on bringing the latest development in high throughput satellite capacity to market, and we are honored to be chosen as the ground infrastructure provider for GX-5,” said Stephen Tunnicliffe, Vice President & General Manager, Global Service Provider Group, VT iDirect. “We are leading the next wave of innovation in mobility markets, enabling commercial airlines, maritime operators and mobility service providers in gaining a critical performance advantage to meet escalating customer demands.”

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