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Inmarsat unveils service roadmap

Mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat has outlined the timetable for the rollout of its global mobile satellite service and its low cost handset portfolio.

Mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat has outlined the timetable for the rollout of its global mobile satellite service and its low cost handset portfolio.

Speaking at this year's Arabcom expo in Dubai, Samer Halawi, vice president of Inmarsat MEA and Asia Pacific, claimed the company was able to leverage its broadband global area network (BGAN) solution to generate revenues of US$500million in 2006, resulting in a pre-tax profit of US$89million.

"We are pleased with our performance in 2006 and we anticipate that our BGAN rollout will provide greater returns in the next two years," he said.

Inmarsat has teamed with global satellite operator AceS to offer services to customers in locations with little or no cellular coverage via its network of satellite technology in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.

The service will be available in the Middle East in June, as Inmarsat migrates to its own constellation of satellites.

"This move means that we are able to service end-users in the MEA region where customers, such as oil companies, often send their field operatives into regions with poor satellite coverage. Additionally, this move means that we will be able to service most of Africa, as well as the majority of the Asian continent, by the end of 2007," claimed Halawi.

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