mobile applications, drive innovation in business and
technology and promote an open industry ecosystem,” said William Xu, executive director of the Board
and chief strategy marketing officer, Huawei.
Wireless X Labs has looked into various potential
5G applications during the first half of 2017. For example, it worked with automakers in testing Tele-Operat-ed Driving and platooning. With the help of partners,
it released a cloud-based virtual reality prototype,
conducted cellular network-based drone remote control flying and image transmission tests and analyzed
low-altitude coverage for drones. It also set up a smart
manufacturing interest group with world-leading robotic manufacturers.
Thales Alenia Space to Construct GX
Satellite for Inmarsat
Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with Inmarsat for the construction of its new communication Global Xpress (GX) satellite. The value of the contract will be approximately
$130 million over the three years from 2017 to 2019.
The satellite, which is targeted for launch in 2019, will
be a very high throughput satellite (VHTS), providing
capacity across the Middle East, Europe and the In-
The combination of latest satellite technology and
a focus on areas of high demand, which will drive high
capacity utilisation, will result in a very low cost per bit
delivered. This new satellite will be based on the flight
proven Spacebus B2 enhanced platform and will be fitted with 72 Ka-Band beams. With a specified design
life of 16 years, it will weigh less than four metric tons
at launch and will offer payload power of about 6. 8 k W.
Inmarsat’s decision to construct this GX satellite
was made following the recent announcement by Qatar Airways to adopt GX Aviation for its In Flight Connectivity (IFC) requirements, as well as other recent
important airline IFC wins in the EMEA region, such
as the Deutsche Lufthansa Group and Norwegian Air
“Thales Alenia Space is proud to partner with Inmarsat to create an advanced satellite, which will provide additional capacity to support the growing demand for aviation passenger Wi-Fi services across the
EMEA and Indian subcontinent. With this new satellite, Inmarsat will broaden its footprint, deliver significant resources for broadband services and set a new
benchmark for flexibility in high throughput satellites,”
said Bertrand Maureau, vice president, Telecommunication Business Line.