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Inmarsat and Kymeta to Launch Business Aviation Broadband Solution

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Inmarsat, a leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, and Kymeta, a company that designs and commercializes innovative metamaterials-based antennas for satellite communications, have signed an agreement to develop a new satellite antenna enabling business jets of any size to access high-speed broadband connectivity globally through Inmarsats Global Xpress (GX) service.

The advanced and proprietary Kymeta Aero Antenna will only be available to GX users and opens up new opportunities for the two companies in the rapidly expanding business aviation market.

The Kymeta Aero Antenna will be developed as a light-weight, flat-panel device, and will deliver a level of broadband speeds, data rates and bandwidth akin to the service the business jet customers receive at home or in the office.

Leo Mondale, Managing Director of Inmarsat Global Xpress, said, Over the coming 10 years, some 10,000 new business jets are forecast to enter service. In this changing world, where enhancing the productivity and effectiveness of the business executive is paramount, the need to offer constant connectivity is non-negotiable. It is this absolute requirement to keep executives connected, wherever they are, that is driving demand for solutions which support smaller aircraft. Our partnership with satellite technology specialist, Kymeta, will make business jet travel an even smarter and more efficient option for executives.

Vern Fotheringham, CEO of Kymet, added, Our technology for flat-panel, beam-forming antennas will enable a number of new markets and a new generation of customers to benefit from lower cost, high-speed satellite internet connectivity anywhere in the world. We are excited to reach this milestone and engage with Inmarsat to bring next-generation broadband services into the global business aviation market.

Kymetas GX-capable antenna will be significantly lighter and smaller than previous satellite antennas. The device is so small and streamlined that it can be fitted to much smaller aircraft than was previously possible.

The antenna will electronically steer the antenna beam to Inmarsats GX satellites without requiring power-consuming phase shifters or mechanically moving parts, drastically reducing the overall cost and power consumption of the equipment.

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