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Inmarsat announces type approval for Skyware’s ATOM 99 Global Xpress terminal

Inmarsat has announced the granting of full Type Approval for Skyware’s ATOM 99 terminal, for use over Inmarsat’s new, globally available, high-speed broadband service; Global Xpress (GX).

Skyware’s ATOM 99 terminal will enable media and broadcasters to take the new lightweight, portable receiver dish to where the news is happening anywhere in the world, providing high quality live broadcast capabilities in even the most inaccessible regions.

The terminal, manufactured by Skyware Technologies, features a receiver dish measuring 99cm in diameter, making it the most-powerful portable Global Xpress (GX) terminal for the Enterprise market to date. Its rugged build and lightweight, easily transportable design, coupled with pointing assistance for repaid satellite signal acquisition makes it ideal for quick deployment to deliver high speed broadband access anywhere it is needed. The terminal can be set up and online in minutes and can be assembled without the need for any tools or specialist training.

The ATOM 99 features a dual-offset antenna which, alongside its 99cm reflector provides maximum efficiency and best possible radiation characteristics for improved data throughput and availability.

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Greg Ewert, President – Inmarsat Enterprise

Greg Ewert, President, Inmarsat Enterprise said: “Inmarsat is pleased to confirm the addition of the ATOM 99 Global Xpress terminal to its portfolio. Skywave Technologies’ terminals are a key part of making our Global Xpress service a success and I foresee a considerable appetite for this terminal in many of the market sectors we serve, but particularly from media and oil and gas customers.”

“The Atom 99 completes Skyware’s offering of fixed and flyaway terminals for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellite service,” said Oliver Kroner, CEO, Skyware Technologies. “It uses the same Ka-band transceiver designed and manufactured by Skyware Technologies as our two existing ‘flyaways’ – the Atom 65 and Atom 65 Auto Acquire – and benefits from all the advantages of being fanless and highly integrated for greater efficiency and  ease of deployment and use.  “The Atom range of GX terminals, uniquely in GX, all employ a dual reflector design, which means they offer the performance advantages of larger single reflectors, whilst remaining compact and lightweight. I consider the Atom 99 to be a key terminal for Inmarsat’s GX success and predict rapid and significant deployment on a global scale.”

Inmarsat will be showcasing the ATOM 99 terminal at stand SU11003CM in NAB, Las Vegas next week, along with live demonstrations of the broadcast quality of Global Xpress with an outside broadcast from Rio de Janeiro.