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Inmarsat to create fourth L-band region

Inmarsat has announced it will be flying its Inmarsat-4 F2 (I-4 F2) satellite to a new orbital position over the Indian Ocean to create enhanced connectivity for customers in the Middle East and Asia, and create a fourth full-service L-band region.The announcement follows the successful transition of Inmarsat’s L-band voice and broadband data services for the EMEA region from I-4 F2 to Alphasat, the largest European telecommunications satellite ever built.Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat, said, “Alphasat has already significantly enhanced our L-band capabilities across our highest traffic region of EMEA, adding both additional capacity and providing us with a platform for delivering new and enhanced services.“Now, with Alphasat in full service, we can move I-4 F2 to provide additional capacity in our highest growth, Indian Ocean region. By creating a fourth region, we are making optimum use of what is a now a uniquely powerful and capable, four-satellite, global L-band fleet," Pearce concluded.The commencement of Inmarsat’s L-band services over the Indian Ocean is due towards the end of this year.

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