San Francisco, CA, January 23, 2013 – Metaswitch Networks today announced that Inmarsat (LSE: ISAT.L), the world leader in global mobile satellite communications services, has selected Metaswitch to provide advanced VoIP products to enhance its revolutionary new worldwide communication service called Global Xpress.
Ruy Pinto, chief technology officer at Inmarsat, shares the history and advances in broadband satellite communications in a conversation with Steve Gleave, senior vice president at Metaswitch.
Inmarsat Global Xpress will be the first global superfast broadband network. Based on Ka-band technology, it will offer the unique combination of global coverage from a single operator, consistent higher performance (up to 50MB) and the network reliability for which Inmarsat is renowned. Services will be delivered over a new generation of satellites: the Inmarsat-5s.
The first satellite for Global Xpress is scheduled for launch in 2013 and will cover the Indian Ocean region. Global service is planned for the end of 2014.
Underpinning the Global Xpress voice services will be Metaswitch Universal Media Gateways, the MetaSphere Multimedia Telephony Application Server, the MetaView Network Management System and Perimeta Session Border Controllers to enable, scale and protect communications.