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Inmarsat Maritime’s New NexusWave Managed Service Packages Viasat Ka-Band

By Jeffrey Hill | May 20, 2024

Inmarsat Maritime has launched a new fully managed service that integrates its existing Global Xpress (GX) Ka-band network with Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) services, coastal LTE services, and an additional layer of satellite L-band.

In the release announcement posted Monday, Inmarsat, which is now owned by satellite operator Viasat, said the service would be called “NexusWave” and that it would commence service in 2025, supporting digitalization and crew welfare initiatives.

NexusWave’s Ka-band service will come from the ViaSat-3 satellite network, though the managed service will be bundled and provided exclusively by Inmarsat Maritime.

Inmarsat describes the managed service as having the ability to “transform ships into floating offices and homes,” offering maritime enterprise-grade firewall security that would meet the requirements of government customers.

“Maritime operators face ever-growing demand for data consumption and speeds on board their vessels, coupled with the operational challenges of connecting worldwide while ensuring the security and efficiency of their communications,” Inmarsat Maritime President Ben Palmer said in the announcement. “Meeting all these requirements typically relies on multiple, disjointed solutions, resulting in a complex patchwork of data caps, speeds, and coverage, in addition to unverifiable cyber security.”