Inmarsat Orders New Satellite

Inmarsat and Astrium sign contract for Alphasat I-XL satellite

November 23, 2007

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LONDON -- Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, has signed a multi-million pound contract with Astrium for the Alphasat satellite to augment its Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) service. Alphasat will be one of the world’s largest telecommunications satellites and the Inmarsat expects its investment in the satellite - excluding insurance - will be in the region of Euro 260 million.

Alphasat will provide increased capacity able to handle more than 750 channels in L band with improved quality particularly for satellite phone users. Astrium is prime contractor for the satellite with the key technology of the satellite payload to be designed and manufactured by Astrium in the UK.

The Alphasat contract is supported by ESA, BNSC, and financial support for the public/private finance bid from the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and the London Development Agency (LDA).

The new satellite, Alphasat I-XL, will support a new generation of mobile technologies and enable communications across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East – creating new business opportunities for UK companies.

Andrew Sukawaty, CEO Inmarsat said: “Alphasat will enable us to offer improved services through greater capacity, better quality communications and faster download times to existing and future Inmarsat customers. And with the key technology on the satellite developed and manufactured in the UK – it again proves that Britain is at the forefront of the new space race.”

Inmarsat plc (London: ISAT)

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