VT iDirect to support GX-5 ground infrastructure

VT iDirect, a company of VT Systems has been selected by Inmarsat to provide the ground infrastructure for Inmarsat’s fifth Global Xpress (GX-5) high-speed, broadband communications satellite.

The iDirect 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.

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.

“VT iDirect’s partnership with Inmarsat focuses on bringing the latest development in high throughput satellite capacity to market, and we are honoured to be chosen as the ground infrastructure provider for GX-5,” said Stephen Tunnicliffe, vice president and 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.”

“With our partnership with VT iDirect and our game-changing network, Inmarsat will continue to empower airline and vessel passengers to experience on-board connectivity comparable to the mobile broadband services they receive on the ground,” said Jerome Soumagne, vice president, Network Development at Inmarsat.

GX-5 is targeted for launch in 2019 and scheduled to enter commercial service in Q2 2020.

Written by: Alexander Preston

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