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Inmarsat To Highlight Technologies That Will Transform Communications in Africa

  Inmarsat To Highlight Technologies That Will Transform Communications in
  Africa

AfricaCom 2012

Business Wire

CAPE TOWN -- November 13, 2012

Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite
communications services, will preview some of the revolutionary services
enabled by new satellites to be launched from next year on stand E17e at
AfricaCom. Inmarsat will also showcase its recently expanded portfolio of
offerings for African businesses, government and individuals.

Inmarsat will redefine mobile satellite services with higher streaming speeds
and two satellite launches in 2013. Its upcoming Alphasat I-XL satellite
launch will enhance L-band service capabilities across Africa, providing even
faster streaming performance. This will be followed by the highly anticipated
rollout of its new Global Xpress^® network, which will deliver global
superfast broadband.

The only satellite provider to be making such a huge investment in new
technologies, Inmarsat is delivering an array of new services and faster
communications that are transforming communications. Organisations across
Africa are choosing to rely on satellite networks for voice, real-time
broadband and M2M (machine-to-machine) connectivity to support employees in
remote locations to ensure the operation of critical infrastructure, and
deliver the same services at remote branches as those available in large
cities.

“From Cairo to Cape Town, African city dwellers have started to enjoy the
luxury of high-speed data thanks to the increase in urban fibre and 3G
networks. But for many of us the urge to be connected can cause intense
frustration in rural areas where network access is limited or unavailable.
Satellite is rapidly filling this void,” said Alastair Bovim, managing
director, Inmarsat Solutions South Africa.

“When other networks are congested or fail – perhaps during heavy rain,
Saharan dust storms or even earthquakes – L-band satellite will continue to
meet our growing dependence on ‘always on’ communications,” he added.

In 2013, Inmarsat’s new higher BGAN streaming rate will provide speeds in
excess of 600 kbps with a new BGAN terminal to be available in the second half
of 2013. Users will still benefit from the portability and ease of use that
are the hallmarks of the BGAN service.

Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) will be the world’s first global Ka-band network,
providing broadband speeds of up to 50Mbps to mobile, portable and fixed
devices. The first satellite, covering Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia is
scheduled for launch in Q3 2013, with global coverage planned for 2014.

Global Xpress will consistently deliver the highest performance through more
compact terminals at a lower cost than existing VSAT services – while
maintaining the reliability, and quality of service, Inmarsat is renowned for.

Global Xpress will allow some more advanced applications, such as high
definition live broadcasting or real-time video monitoring of remote mining
sites, alongside standard email and web browsing at a much faster speed, thus
enhancing the current BGAN services. More fundamentally, it will also provide
businesses across the continent with a competitive service offering support to
corporate networks, and giving cellular operators another option for backhaul.

At AfricaCom, Inmarsat will demonstrate the breadth of its portfolio
including: its award-winning BGAN service, which provides simultaneous voice
and broadband data communications globally; BGAN Link, a broadband data
service for organisations requiring high volumes of data volumes; BGAN M2M, a
global two-way IP data service for M2M communications; IsatPhone Pro, its
low-cost satellite phone providing high quality voice

IsatPhone Link, a low-cost, fixed-line global satellite phone service for
people based in rural or remote areas outside of cellular coverage.

To arrange a one-to-one interview with Alastair Bovim, and to meet other
executives on the Inmarsat team, please contact the media relations team using
the contacts below:

For Further Information
Inmarsat
                                                 T: +44 20 7728 1935
Jonathan Sinnatt                             
                                                 jonathan.sinnatt@inmarsat.com
PR Manager
Breakaway Communications Europe for              T: +44 7949 883636
Inmarsat
                                                 rp@breakawaycom.com
Rachel Postlethwaite

About Inmarsat

Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications
services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and
high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other
organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in
the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,500 staff in more than 40 locations around
the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every
continent. For the year ended 31st December 2011, Inmarsat plc had total
revenue of US$1,409m and an EBITDA of US$854m. For the six months ended 30
June 2012, Inmarsat plc had total revenue of US$684m and an EBITDA of US$381m.
Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). For more
information, please visit www.inmarsat.com.

The Inmarsat press release newsfeed is on Twitter @Inmarsatnews and corporate
updates are on @Inmarsat_plc

Contact:

Inmarsat
Jonathan Sinnatt, +44 20 7728 1935
PR Manager
jonathan.sinnatt@inmarsat.com
or
Breakaway Communications Europe for Inmarsat
Rachel Postlethwaite, +44 7949 883636
rp@breakawaycom.com
 
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