EU court OKs Inmarsat satellite/terrestrial IFC network; Viasat & Eutelsat say battle continues at national level

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Viasat and Eutelsat said they will continue their effort to have individual European governments declare Inmarsat’s satellite- and ground-based airline connectivity service illegal despite a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling largely in Inmarsat’s favor.

London-based Inmarsat said the ECJ ruling of April 15 “is final and binding.” That’s true for an EU-level legal challenge, but it does not stop the nation-by-nation legal work that Eutelsat and Viasat have been doing for several years.

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