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Thursday, August 12, 2021 

Mobile satellite services company Inmarsat is introducing Inmarsat Elera; a global narrowband network suited to the rapidly evolving world of the Internet of Things (IoT) and for global mobility customers, including maritime.

Rajeev Suri, CEO Inmarsat, said: “Elera is perfectly suited to the needs of the connected IoT world. Global reach, extraordinary resilience, faster speeds, smaller and lower cost terminals are all part of ensuring that we remain ahead of others in meeting the needs of our customers. Elera is a further sign of a company with true momentum and one that is delivering new innovations and strong performance. I expect that Inmarsat will grow strongly in 2021 compared to the previous year, and that growth will span most of our business units. Our progress was evident in the first half, where we saw strong growth in revenue and EBITDA and robust cash flow. We have sharpened our strategy to focus on driving growth, accelerate decision making, launch new innovations, and are creating a more commercially focused, customer-centric culture.”

Elera builds on Inmarsat’s position in the mobile satellite services market and is intended to offer a springboard for innovation, unlocking, accelerating and scaling pioneering use cases. Its foundation is Inmarsat’s L-band network and it incorporates new innovations ranging from higher speeds to smaller, low cost terminals and the new Inmarsat-6 satellites, the first of which (I-6 F1) is scheduled to launch before the end of 2021.

The company believes Elera will provide an essential catalyst for new IoT use cases, across autonomous shipping to various other industrial IoT applications.

Inmarsat’s L-band network, on which Elera is based, claims reliability and flexible global connectivity along with full global redundancy. It supports applications including maritime safety services and humanitarian missions. Inmarsat is investing in spectrum management technology to deliver L-band speeds up to 1.7Mbps, the smallest footprint, low cost L-band terminal and two new L-band satellites, said to be the largest and most sophisticated commercial communication satellites yet. The new spectrum management capabilities (known as Carrier Aggregation) being incorporated into the Elera network will deliver the fastest speeds globally available to L-band customers, exceeding other worldwide L-band networks.

The L-band capacity on each of the two new I-6 satellites will be substantially greater than Inmarsat’s previous spacecraft and will deliver 50% more capacity per beam; meaning that more data can be carried over the same geographical area, in addition to unlimited beam routing flexibility. Elera will also deliver a major extension to Inmarsat’s portfolio of voice-enabled devices.

“Elera is the exciting vision of how Inmarsat is planning to transform the capabilities offered to IoT and mobility customers for years to come and confirms our long-term commitment to L-band services. We will be sharing further detail on these innovations with our partner community in the coming months and continue our programme of announcements as we achieve major milestones.” said Suri.

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