Inmarsat will not build its own LEO network, but instead will be a large customer for third-party constellations

by Peter B. de Selding

UPDATE Feb. 9: This story has been updated to reflect a comment from Inmarsat.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — Mobile satellite services provider Inmarsat said it has scrapped the idea of building its own LEO satellite constellation as part of its Orchestra network of satellite and terrestrial assets but will be a large customer of one or more third-party LEO networks.

The decision is good news for constellations including Starlink, OneWeb and Amazon’s Project Kuiper, as well as

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