Inmarsat invests in Santander Teleport to host new gateway for its Global Xpress and L-band fleets
Inmarsat, the world’s leading provider of global, mobile connectivity solutions, has chosen Santander Teleport to host and maintain a new Satellite Access Station (SAS) for the new Inmarsat-6 satellites, the first of which is scheduled to launch at the end of 2021.
The hosting of the SAS will consist of a dedicated area for a 13-metre Ka-band antenna and a second L-band antenna, a dedicated technical area to support multiple racks of equipment, and expansion capabilities for future antennas and rack equipment. The antennas will start providing services via the L-band and Ka-band Global Xpress payloads of the I-6-F2 satellite after its launch in 2022. Santander Teleport will operate the facilities and provide engineering and maintenance services to ensure a seamless operation of the Inmarsat infrastructure hosted onsite and the services relying upon it.
“We are delighted for the trust that Inmarsat has placed in us and we will give our best to ensure that our new customer receives the best possible support,” said Carlos Raba, Managing Director of Santander Teleport. “We received feedback from Inmarsat indicating that we provided an innovative and high-quality proposition, and very much want to exceed their expectations.”
“Our I-6 satellites represent a key cornerstone in the ongoing expansion of our two, world-leading mobile communications networks, offering both L-band services and Ka-band (Global Xpress) services to existing and future mobility, government and IoT customers on land, at sea and in the air,” said Jerome Soumagne, VP Networks at Inmarsat. “We are delighted to partner with Santander teleport to host some of our critical I-6 ground infrastructure. Santander teleport demonstrated throughout the procurement process innovative and strong skills.”