Belgian court asks EU tribunal to assess legality of Inmarsat in-flight-connectivity service

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The legal battle of Viasat Inc., occasionally flanked by Eutelsat, against Inmarsat’s European in-flight-connectivity has been given new life by a Belgian court ruling that questions whether Inmarsat’s license is valid given that the satellite payload entered service more than a year after the regulatory deadline.

The Brussels Court of Appeal’s Market Court, which made an initial pass at the Viasat-Inmarsat dispute in March 2018, made no clear decision of its own. But in its Jan. 23 ruling, it agreed with Viasat that the European Court . . .

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