Inmarsat is key to Iridium’s ambitions for Certus maritime broadband

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — In Harry Potter, the principal adversary was the one “who must not be named.” For Iridium, the adversary must be named constantly: Inmarsat.

Serial high-seas-customer abuser, purveyor of clunky FleetBroadband terminals that need cranes to install, competitor to its own partners and since-forever sole holder of International Maritime Organization (IMO) certification as a provider of Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) service, Inmarsat is more than ever on Iridium’s mind and in its crosshairs.

“They haven’t felt us yet. They’ll feel . . .

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