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Inmarsat has unveiled plans for ORCHESTRA, a new communications network that enables ground-breaking new services for global mobility customers in the maritime, aviation, government and enterprise sectors.
The network will integrate geosynchronous (GEO) satellites with low earth orbit satellites (LEO) and terrestrial 5G into a high-performance solution. ORCHESTRA is designed to meet evolving connectivity needs in the mobility market, opening up a host of new and previously unattainable possibilities for industries across the world.
New services include close-shore navigation for autonomous vessels, next-generation emergency safety services for maritime crews, secure and tactical private networks for governments and direct-to-cloud connections for airlines. New segments set to benefit from ORCHESTRA include energy rigs and drilling platforms, mid-market business aircraft, coastal vessels, smart passenger ships and urban air mobility.
Rajeev Suri, CEO of Inmarsat, commented, “An orchestra brings different instruments together, each supporting the other and playing its role in the masterpiece. We’re building ORCHESTRA on the same concept. Our customers will benefit from dramatically expanded high throughout services around the world. This is the future of connectivity and Inmarsat is perfectly positioned to bring it to the world with its proven technology expertise, right base of customers and partners, and financial strength.”
LEO, GEO and terrestrial networks have never been combined at scale before to create a unified connectivity service for mobility customers. The result is a ‘dynamic mesh network’ that will deliver high-performance connectivity everywhere. Bringing together the lowest average latency and fastest average speeds with unique resilience, ORCHESTRA will eliminate the industry-wide challenge of congested network hot spots.
This new approach means that Inmarsat can easily boost capacity in high-density areas such as ports and airports, ensuring customer needs continue to be met well into the future with capacity scaled directly to match their requirements. The initial five-year total investment for ORCHESTRA is expected to be in the order of $100 million (c. €84 million).
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