In his second big announcement in two weeks, Inmarsat has discovered Inmarsat ELERA; a global, narrowband network that is ideally suited to the rapidly evolving Internet of Things (IoT) world and to global mobility clients, including aviation, seafarers, governments and selected enterprises.
ELERA is based on Inmarsat Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) and will be a springboard for innovation, unlocking, accelerating and scaling up pioneering use cases on land, sea and air. Its foundation is Inmarsat’s world-class L-band network and includes new innovations ranging from higher speeds to smaller, lower-cost terminals and [the previously announced] Inmarsat-6 satellites, the first of which (I-6 F1) is scheduled to be launched before the end of the year.
Comes just 14 days after announcing Inmarsat ORCHESTRA, the first network in the world to combine GEO, LEO and 5G in a harmonious global communication solution, ELERA underlines Inmarsat’s strategic focus on the global satellite communications mobility segment. Alsoshtë also a signal of a company with momentum, offering great innovations and technological growth.
According to the company, the unique capabilities of ELERA, combined with the Inmarsat spectrum and the orbital positions of the company’s satellite networks, will make it an essential catalyst for new cases of IoT use, in everything from autonomous transport and unmanned aerial vehicles. (UAV) to industrial and agricultural IoT applications.
ELERA is built on Inmarsat’s L-band network and supports everything from offshore and worldwide security services and humanitarian missions to IoT applications across agritech, transport and services, among many others. New innovations the company is investing in to bring to market in the near future include spectrum management technology to deliver L-band speeds of up to 1.7 Mbps, smaller track, low-cost L-band terminal and two new L-band satellites, which are the largest and most sophisticated commercial communications satellites ever created.
New spectrum management skills (known as Carrier Aggregation) being incorporated into the ELERA network will provide the fastest speed available globally to Group L customers Direct commercial airline customer testing is scheduled to begin during 2022 and this technology will be extended to a range of sector-specific applications for Mobility of Inmarsat, government clients and IoT over the coming years.
Inmarsat is launching two new satellites to upgrade the ELERA network. E I-6 the satellites, the first of which is scheduled to launch in late 2021, are the largest and most sophisticated commercial communications satellites ever built. The L-band capacity on each I-6 satellite will be much larger than the Inmarsat 4th band spacecraft and, among other improvements, they will provide 50% more beam capacity; means that much more data can be transferred to the same geographical area, in addition to the unlimited flexibility of beam tracking.
ELERA will also provide a major expansion to Inmarsat’s voice-activated device portfolio, bringing new capabilities and innovations to hundreds of thousands of customers. This initiative represents our commitment to voice service innovation and underscores the company’s long-term commitment to voice services over the satellite market.
Investments in ELERA are already included in the current Inmarsat plans and guidelines for CAPEX.
“ELERA is the exciting vision of how Inmarsat is planning to transform the capabilities offered to IoT clients and mobility for years to come and confirms our long-term commitment to Group L services. We will share further details on these innovations with our partner community. in the coming months and we will continue our notification program as we achieve great achievements.”Tha Rajeev Suri, CEO, Inmarsat. “ELERA is fully tailored to the needs of the connected IoT world. Global reach, tremendous resilience, greater speed, lower and lower cost terminals are all part of ensuring that we stay ahead of others in meeting our customers’ needswith
“ELERA is a further sign of a company with real momentum and that is giving new innovations and strong performance“He continued. “I expect Inmarsat to grow strongly in 2021 compared to last year, and this growth will include most of our business units. Our progress was noticeable in the first half, where we saw a strong increase in revenue and EBITDA and strong cash flow. We have sharpened our strategy to focus on fostering growth, accelerating decision-making, launching new innovations and creating a more commercially focused, customer-centric culture... “