British mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat has confirmed that its strategic partner and telecommunications service provider BSNL has received the necessary licences to deliver Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) mobile broadband services in India.
BSNL’s ‘Inflight and Maritime Connectivity’ (IFMC) licence from the Department of Telecommunications means that Indian airlines will now be able to deploy GX for in-flight connectivity within India and across the world.
According to Inmarsat, there will be a phased introduction of services for customers and partners.
Inmarsat’s CEO Rajeev Suri said: “Inmarsat is delighted to make the world’s only global high-speed mobile broadband Ka-band network available to the government and businesses in India through our partner BSNL.
“We are committed to India and the company has been a trusted partner for the Indian government for four decades. Today’s announcement will help to underpin the further economic growth that we all wish to see in India.”
Low-cost Indian airline SpiceJet’s chairman and managing director said: “We are looking forward to offering this ground-breaking connectivity service to our passengers later this year when we introduce our new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. It will enable our customers to remain connected in the air as they do on the ground.”
GX is launching a further seven satellites over the next three years, each of which will add more capacity into a single redoing than the first four satellites combined.