Inmarsat: Our coming Orchestra network won’t need LEO for years, if ever

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Mobile satellite service provider Inmarsat’s future Orchestra “network of networks” design, whose recent demonstrations focused on hybrid satellite-terrestrial links to ease satellite bandwidth congestion at major seaports, has no need to consider a LEO constellation until the end of the decade, if ever.

Orchestra is London-based Inmarsat’s plan for driving bandwidth to its mobility customers in the government, maritime and aeronautical markets. It starts with Inmarsat’s current fleet of L-, S- and Ka-band satellites in geostationary orbit and adds terrestrial links for high-demand . . .

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