Inmarsat joins broadband-LEO satellite constellation pool party, but is not yet diving in; spectrum questions remain

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The gravitational pull of high-throughput, low-latency constellations of low-orbit satellites claimed the last holdout among the global fleet operators with Inmarsat’s decision, albeit tentative, to launch its own LEO constellation starting around 2026.

Every other global GSO-orbit fleet operator has secured or tried to secure a foothold in the non-GSO broadband market. SES was first with the medium-Earth-orbit O3b. Intelsat then attempted a merger with OneWeb but was rebuffed by its bond holders.

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